This week, thanks to the help of Bonness Inc. and Argos USA, a quadriplegic in Cape Coral can finally enter and exit his home safely.
Devell Washington is a 40-year-old quadriplegic with an 18-year old daughter, Danai. Originally from Michigan, Devell attended Syracuse University on a full ride scholarship where he played basketball and led his team to many victories.
In 2007, Devell was out one night with his friends where he was shot by a stray bullet. He was immediately paralyzed and the injuries resulted in paraplegia. To this day, he still never learned the name of his shooter. Despite this tragic occurrence, Devell has the most positive and refreshing outlook on life.
Following the incident, Devell and his daughter moved to Florida to be closer with family. The cold weather was not conducive to his ailments and he was unable to take care of himself independently. Devell’s mother and father became his primary caretakers and they currently live together with Devell’s daughter in their Cape Coral home.
For years, Devell was using an old piece of plywood as a ramp to enter and exit his home. Devell insisted the plywood ramp worked just fine, but it was evident the ramp created challenge and strife for him on a daily basis.
After learning the family’s situation, Bonness Construction and Argos USA immediately stepped in without hesitation. They quickly collaborated on labor and materials and accommodated their busy schedule to help Devell. In just a few hours, and with only a few of their guys, Bonness and Argos made this home accessible by removing the plywood, tearing out portions of the brick and creating a slightly sloped concrete pad for seamless entry and exit. All work completed was at no cost!
This ramp is a blessing for the entire family and finally provides Devell a safe way to enter and exit the home with ease.
Thank you Bonness and Argos for your passionate efforts in making it possible!!
About Builders Care
Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA). Its mission is to provide emergency home repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. 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 enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care is headquartered at 6835 International Center Blvd. Suite 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 strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education and services. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056. Follow Builders Care at Facebook.com/LeeBuildersCare or on Twitter @LeeBuildersCare.