Last week, community partners and volunteers came together to build a wheelchair ramp for a disabled homeowner in need.
James Bair and his wife moved into their quaint Fort Myers home in 1992. For many years, James worked for Good Wheels Transportation. Giving back and helping others was always his favorite thing to do. His motto was: “When your passionate about what you do, you don’t have to work a day in your life.”
Shortly after moving to their Fort Myers homes James’s wife was diagnosed with cancer and passed away, leaving James on his own. He went on to live life as normal as possible but in 2002, he suffered a heart attack following a stroke in October 2016.
The stroke caused muscle loss and James was confined to a wheelchair and unable to function independently. He requires full time care and has an in-home nurse that visits weekly. His home did not have accessibility accommodations and his fixed income could only afford the bare necessities. As a result, James was confined to his home and unable to leave without assistance from his full time caretaker, Sherry. The need for a wheelchair ramp was critical.
Thanks to the help of community partners and volunteers, Lee BIA Builders Care was able to finally provide a safe and accessible wheelchair ramp for James. Other than getting in and out of a vehicle for doctor’s appointments, it had been over 3 years since James has been able to get outside and enjoy fresh air.
The sight of the new ramp brought tears to their eyes as it is more than just a ramp, it is a breath of fresh air and relief for James and Sherry. Words cannot express their gratitude for the hard working volunteers who dedicated their time to build this ramp for them.
A very special thank you to Westcoast Structural Concrete & Masonry, Nilles Design Group Inc., Grabber Fort Myers, Thread Source Inc. and our hardworking volunteers for their passionate efforts in making it possible!! The new ramp is a blessing for James and Sherry and their lives have been changed forever.
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.