Lee BIA Builders Care Constructs Ramp for North Fort Myers Couple


On Saturday, July 9, Lee BIA Builders Care was joined by supporting partners, donors and volunteers on a three day project to build a wheelchair ramp for Harry and Jeanne Vichosky of North Fort Myers. The ramp will aid Harry Vichosky in completing his daily routines.

In June 2012, Harry Vichosky was involved in a car accident sending him into cardiac arrest. This resulted in an eight day coma and a 45 day stay in the hospital, including surgery to place a stent and pacemaker in his heart. He then had to relearn how to complete daily activities and language skills. His wife, Jeanne Vichosky, decided to retire early to become his full-time caregiver. In July 2015, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy as well as chemotherapy treatments. The construction of the ramp will help her to continue taking care of her husband but with a little more ease.

Volunteers constructing the ramp.

With the help of supporting partners, donors and volunteers, including West Coast Structural Concrete & Masonry, Nilles Design Group, Tibbetts Lumber Company, LLC, Raymond Building Supply and HONC Destruction and Recycling, Lee BIA Builders Care was able to assist with the construction of a wheelchair ramp to aid Harry and Jeanne Vichosky in their daily lives. The project took three days to complete with volunteers putting in 148 hours combined to complete the project.

“We are so thankful for everyone that made this possible,” said Jeanne Vichosky. “Now my husband has increased mobility and a better quality of life and for that we are eternally grateful.”

A neighbor delivers baked goods to the project site for volunteers.

“It is amazing how just a few days’ work can make all the difference in the world for a family in need,” said Christi Pritchett Sarlo, executive director of Builders Care. “These projects would not be possible without our partners, donors and volunteers.”

About Builders Care

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (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 $3.8 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 the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 118 in Fort Myers. The Building Industry Association www.BIA.net is a 62-year-old association affiliated with National Home Builders Association 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.