Lee Building Industry Association’s (BIA) Builders Care and Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties partnered to renovate the North Fort Myers home of Tony Peterson, who will purchase the home from Habitat following renovations. Renovations include bathroom, roof and septic tank repairs, as well as alterations to provide handicap accessibility. Building partners with Lee Building Industry Association’s Builders Care program provided handicap accessibility with the addition of 3 ramps to the home, as well as providing new plumbing fixtures and screening while Habitat for Humanity volunteers renovated the bathrooms, roof and septic system. To help prepare the home for Peterson to move in later this summer, Builders Care and Habitat leaders participated in a volunteer day to paint the home on Friday, July 12.
“Our missions are tied to supporting homeownership and we are honored to partner with Habitat to help this young man,” said Builders Care President Butch Ritter.
Peterson successfully completed the financial, educational and volunteer “sweat equity” requirements to become a Habitat homeowner. Despite the paralysis of his arms and legs, Peterson completed his sweat equity hours at the Habitat ReStore in N. Ft. Myers as a greeter.
“Tony was such an inspiration to many who came into our Habitat ReStore,” said Habitat’s Vice President of Family Services Tanya Soholt. “We received so many compliments on his pleasant demeanor and helpfulness, and he repeatedly thanked our customers for helping him reach his goal of becoming a homeowner.”
Local subcontractors contributing to the project include Cape Coral Plumbing and West Coast Structural Concrete & Masonry. The home was donated to Habitat for Humanity by JP Morgan Chase. Renovation of the home is expected to be completed in early August.
On July 12, the leadership teams of both Lee BIA Builders Care and Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties painted the soon to be home of a man with disabilities in Cape Coral.