Selena Jennings is 17 years old and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia at birth, which caused a variety of mental and physical difficulties. She is blind and has seizures as well as verbal and cognitive delays. Despite her continuous obstacles, Jennings is cheerful and brings joy to her family and friends. Her parents, Ed and Frances Jennings have fostered children for more than 30 years, taking care of more than 100 children as well as raising two of their own, now grown. The Jennings have cared for Selena since two months of age, and have since adopted her. Frances has rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and issues with her Sciatica nerve, and Ed works two jobs to help make ends meet. Neither of them can lift Selena into the bathtub anymore and were in need of a bathroom remodel, which was granted by donors and partners of Builders Care.
The project included an expansion of their small guest bedroom to make room for a walk in shower, a comfort height toilet, a pedestal sink to accommodate Selena’s wheelchair and widened doorways into the bedroom and bathroom. The entire remodel only took two weeks to complete at no cost to the homeowners, thanks to partners at Carney Quality Construction, who donated their products, services and permitting fees.
Wheelchairs 4 Kids, a nonprofit out of Tarpon Springs, also donated a roll-in shower chair to make transferring Selena in and out of the shower easier on her parents.
The project kicked off on Friday, July 15 at the Jennings residence and Carney’s team worked extremely hard to complete the project in just two weeks. The remodel was revealed on Thursday, August 4 with VIPs, attendees and volunteers gathering to share in the blessing.
Special thanks to everyone involved, those including: Carney Quality Construction, Nilles Design Group, Wheelchairs 4 Kids, Lowes and the dozens of volunteers who worked to make this possible for Selena and her family.
“We are so thankful to Carney Quality Construction and Wheelchairs 4 Kids for this incredible blessing,” said Christi Pritchett Sarlo, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care. “These gifts will provide major relief to a very deserving family and will be appreciated for many years to come.”
Click through the photo album below for photos of the project from conception to completion.