Lee BIA Builders Care receives $400,000 grant from First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Florida Disaster Fund

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Funds to support the nonprofit’s hurricane relief efforts

First Lady Casey DeSantis has presented Lee BIA Builders Care with a $400,000 grant to support its Hurricane Ian disaster relief efforts.

The grant funds, presented during a disaster fund press conference on Oct. 21 in Sarasota, will support the nonprofit in its mission to provide emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners in response to Hurricane Ian.

“We have a lot of rebuilding to do – and it will take us some time – but we are strong,” said Crystal Stouten, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care. “This money will go a long way to helping a lot of people in our community, and we are so thankful for this generous funding through the Florida Disaster Fund.”

Following the storm, Builders Care has provided a range of emergency home repair services to homeowners in need, including roof tarping, water damage mitigation, window replacement, AC repair, roof repairs, property debris and tree cleanup, plumbing repairs, electrical repairs, wheelchair ramp rebuilds and delivery of food, water and other essentials.

“It’s not a matter of if people get back on their feet, it’s a matter of when,” Casey DeSantis said during the press conference. “One of the things that we have done was an immediate response to the storm, literally within hours, we launched the Florida Disaster Fund, and the generosity of people across the state and the country has been wonderful.”

To learn more about Builders Care and its mission, visit www.leebuilderscare.com/hurricanerelief.