Last week, community partners and volunteers came together to build a wheelchair ramp for an elderly homeowner in Fort Myers.
Pearlie Mae, 84, lives in her 680 square foot home with her 2 grandchildren. Her income is extremely limited, and covers just enough for basic necessities. Elderly and frail, Pearlie Mae’s home was in desperate need of repairs that she was unable to obtain. Ms. Pearlie Mae was brought to the attention of Lee BIA Builders Care by the City of Fort Myers when they ran short on funding to provide Ms. Pearlie Mae with a wheelchair ramp. Through a wonderful partnership with the City of Fort Myers, Lee BIA Builders Care and partners stepped in to provide Ms. Pearlie Mae with a wheelchair ramp.
In just a few days, our team of hardworking volunteers endured the heat and rain to build a wheelchair ramp for this homeowner in need. Pearlie Mae had difficulty leaving her home due to the unsafe steps leading to her home. Hard work pays off, and Pearlie Mae can now enter and exit her home safely and with ease.
A huge thank you to Nilles Design Group, Westcoast Structural Concrete & Masonry, Suncoast Contractors Supply, Thread Source Inc. and our hardworking volunteers, Mike and Michael Nilles, Brett Basford, Ryan Lapointe and Wendi Carroll for their passionate efforts in making it possible!! The new ramp is a blessing and Pearlie Mae is forever grateful.
About Lee BIA Builders Care
Lee BIA Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA). The mission of Lee BIA Builders Care is to provide emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners, and their families, who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means. Lee BIA Builders Care offers a full range of emergency construction services to improve the safety and health for seniors and individuals with disabilities in need by enlisting the expertise and donated services and material of Lee BIA Members, contractors, sub-contractors and businesses. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $4.5 million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need. Builders Care is funded through financial donations, grants, and donated services and materials to provide emergency construction services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care and the Lee BIA are headquartered at 6835 International Center Blvd. #4 in Fort Myers. The Lee Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net) is a 64-year-old association affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders and Florida Home Builders Association that serves to promote, protect and preserve homeownership, private property rights and affordable housing by advocating for balanced laws, regulation and fees through member education and outreach. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056. Follow Builders Care at Facebook.com/LeeBuildersCare.