Builders Care Partners with the Home Depot Foundation® to Change a Veteran’s Life

Lee Builders Care

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 14 2015) – Builders Care and the Home Depot Foundation® team up for the second year in a row to make a difference in the community and change someones life.

Harvey Angelson, an 88 year-old Army veteran worked until the age of 83. Married for 59 years, he and his wife Sandra have been through it all, including their share of challenges, including the death of their daughter-in-law and caring for their son with disabilities.

Harvey suffers with tremors and Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of the spine) leaving him in constant pain, making daily activities difficult to carry out. Sandra is his full time care giver. Harvey uses a walker and has not had a traditional bath in more than 3 years.

Together with funds from The Home Depot Foundation®, Builders Care, volunteers and Lee BIA — members are coming together to make this bathroom accessible for this family. The existing deep tub is unsafe for Harvey and Sandra with a 21” drop to the bottom and no grab bars for safety.  Builders Care provided a handicap accessible bathroom for Harvey’s health and safety, providing a tub to shower conversion, raised vanity, new tile and paint, closet doors, and raised water closet for accessibility.

Jimmy Rodgers, board member with Builders Care, oversaw the project and put in countless volunteer hours to help make this happen, while supplying workers helping with carpentry, flooring and more. A $5,000  grant from the Home Depot Foundation paid for the materials needed for the renovation and the rest of the work was donated by members and volunteers.

“We help people that just can’t do it themselves so that they can have a safe place to live… It’s what Builders Care is all about” said Rodgers.

Special Thanks to Our Building Partners!

Companies that contributed to help make the bathroom handicap accessible for the Angelson’s: JTE Electric, Cape Coral Plumbing and West Coast Structural Concrete & Masonry, Hide-Away Storage, The Home Depot, The Home Depot Foundation, Nille’s Design, Priority Marketing, Modern Carpet & Tile, Mr. Handyman, Lee Drywall, Sater Group, Truly Nolen, and HONC Destruction.

Check out photos of the progress below: