This week, Lee BIA Builders Care and community volunteers came together to build a wheelchair ramp for a disabled homeowner in Fort Myers.
James Young suffered a stroke in 2011. He lost complete use of his legs and the ability to function independently. Kathy is his wife and primary caretaker. Relying only on disability benefits from James, Kathy also works part time to try and make ends meet. Unfortunately, the family’s fixed income did not allow them the means to afford a ramp. As a result, Kathy was using an old piece of plywood at the back door to exit the house to get him in and out of the house. This has been the case for years.
Thanks to the Builders Care team of volunteers and partners, James Young will finally be able enter and exit his home safely and independently. He has recently been staying at a care facility and has not yet seen the ramp. When he returns home in next few days, he will be welcomed with his brand new ramp. Words cannot express how grateful Kathy is for the hard work and dedication put into building this ramp. She cannot wait to bring James home.
Check out the Young Ramp project video!
About Builders Care
Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA). Its mission is to provide emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving, elderly and disabled homeowners who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put approximately $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.