Recently, Lee BIA Builders Care, community partners and volunteers came together to build a wheelchair ramp for a Disabled Veteran in Fort Myers.
Army Veteran, David Towell, 63, was in a bicycle accident in 1999. The accident caused extensive injuries to his body, resulting in quadriplegia. Ever since the accident David has been confined to a wheelchair and has limited mobility of his hands.
David had an existing wheelchair ramp at the front entry of his home, however, it was far too aged and unsafe. Deck boards were rotting, the hand rails were extremely low, nails were rusty and exposed and it’s slope was extremely steep. For years, David felt perilous and uncomfortable when entering and exiting his home. Unable to work and on a limited income, David did not have the means to have the wheelchair ramp rebuilt. When Lee BIA Builders Care learned of the great concern for his safety, they reached out to the community to assist in building David a new wheelchair ramp.
Thanks to the help of community partners and volunteers, Lee BIA Builders Care was able to provide this deserving Veteran with a brand new ramp.
The project consisted of removing his existing ramp, building a temporary ramp on the side of the home for accessibility during construction and finally, building David a brand new, safe and secure wheelchair ramp at the front entry of his home. The ramp was completed in just 4 days, all at no cost to the homeowner.
The support from the community for this project was huge! Project partners included Nilles Design Group, Westcoast Structural Concrete & Masonry, Suncoast Contractor Supply, Thread Source, Inc., Grabber Ft. Myers and Cape Coral Plumbing. Several volunteers from local companies also stepped in, including Ferguson Enterprises, Target Roofing, Juniper Landscaping, CES, Inc. as well as other volunteers.
David was overwhelmed to see so many volunteers come together to build this ramp for him. He was simply at a loss of words.
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.