Just in time for the holidays, Lee BIA Builders Care and Lennar Homes came together to present life-changing home renovations to a Lehigh Acres family in need.
Tony and Bonita Jordan are the recipients of a remarkable gift – their home has been made more accessible in order to provide greater ease and comfort in their efforts to care for their son. Sterling, 38, was born with Klinefelter syndrome, diagnosed with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis and end-stage renal disease, is currently undergoing dialysis following kidney transplant operations, and has 8 percent vision in only one eye. Sterling’s father, Tony, 86, has a rare blood disorder, and his mother, Bonita, 71, has degenerative arthritis, making it difficult and painful to care for Sterling. Sterling has been unable to shower for years due to the inability to use the existing bathroom. As a result, Bonita has been sponge-bathing him, an undertaking that has become increasingly difficult as Bonita’s arthritis worsens. These circumstances created extreme challenges for the family’s ability to function normally. The family relies solely on funds from their disability, all of which goes toward treatments and medications primarily for Sterling. Mr. and Mrs. Jordan simply wanted to be able to provide comfort and care as they can to make his life more bearable.
By making the Jordan family home more accessible, and taking all their needs into account, Lee BIA Builders Care and Lennar have helped make a dream come true for the Jordan family. Improvements and modifications were made possible thanks to the generous contribution of Lennar Homes and a number of local partner suppliers and contractors. Some of the modifications made to the home included: renovating the existing bathroom for handicap accessibility, accommodating wheelchair use throughout the home by installing 2 wheelchair ramps and widening doorways, providing a new accessible living room, new flooring, plus installation of new lanai storm catcher shutters, interior and exterior paint, new exterior front and side door, new kitchen appliances, and so much more.
During the renovations, the Jordan family stayed in a hotel and thought that they were just getting a bathroom modification. Lee BIA Builders Care, Lennar Homes, community partners and volunteers worked tirelessly over the course of two weeks to complete this project for the Jordan family, and more than 200 volunteers and supporters came together on Dec. 21 for a heartwarming unveiling event.
The much-needed home modifications provide significant benefits for Sterling through increased accessibility and privacy, and also bestow greater comfort for the entire Jordan family through their newly enhanced living conditions. The widening of Sterling’s bedroom doorway better accommodates his wheelchair, nurses and emergency medical crews as needed, and the addition of a new ramp at the back door provides greater accessibility. A new medical bed, landscaping improvements and a Christmas tree were provided just in time for Christmas. All renovations were provided at no cost to the homeowners, thanks to a generous donation from Lennar.
“I really enjoy doing these projects every year. It’s an incredible feeling to be able to provide the Jordan family these much-needed home renovations,” said Ray Kershaw, vice president of construction at Lennar Homes Southwest Florida Division. “It’s really something special to be able to partner up with Builders Care and have our associates, trade and business partners work together to provide this holiday gift to the Jordan family.”
“Our community came together in a big way to make the holidays much brighter for a local family in desperate need of these home improvements,” said Becky Swift, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care. “We are so thankful to our project partners for the selfless gift of their time, funds and materials to provide these truly life-altering improvements for the Jordan family.”
Materials and services were donated by local partner suppliers and contractors, including: America’s Best Carpentry, Blind Ambitions, Carrigan Brothers, Cemex Construction Materials, Danit Cleaning Services, Division 16, Elite Structural Services, Gouse’s Fine Furniture, Kelly Air Systems, Kiyo’s Concrete, Lee County Building Department, Liberty Aluminum, MHC, Mr. Foamy, Nilles Design, NOVA Engineering & Environmental, Pinnacle USA, Platinum Service Contracting, Raymond Building Supply, Rosen Materials, Sherwin-Williams, Southwest Disposal & Clean Up, Storm Smart, Sunny Grove Landscaping, United Site Services, Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings, and West Coast Pressure Washing.
“My goodness, I was so surprised. When we contacted them we just asked for the a few changes to the bathroom and the widening of a door. Then we walked in and saw everything they did for our family. Words cannot explain how much this means to us,” said Bonita Jordan. “They did so much to make our home a place where my son can live. He can use the whole house. He was trapped in his room. Now he can help me with my computers again. We don’t have the words to express how grateful we are to Builders Care.”
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Jordan Holiday Project 2018 Photos
About Lee BIA Builders Care
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. 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 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 or on Twitter @LeeBuildersCare.