MJ Development, Bonness Inc. and ARGOS provide ramp for Veteran


Stephen Blumel, a disabled veteran has lived in his Fort Myers home for 18+ years, with his disabled wife, Penny. Penny’s has had various health complications over the years and is confined to a wheelchair.

In August of 2015, standing just a few yards from his front door, Mr. Blumel was struck by lightning and subsequently went into cardiac arrest from the electric shock. His wife Penny was inside the home and witnessed the strike. Two days later, Penny had a heart attack and was hospitalized for an extended period of time.

Over the years, Penny has struggled with a variety of health complications. Between medical expenses, surgeries and the care required for Penny, the Blumel’s have not had the luxury of making necessary repairs to their home. The cost alone to cover Penny’s required medications far exceeds their budget, to the point where Stephen has had to cut off some of his own medications.

Mr. Blumel’s primary concern was the current walkway he was using to transport his disabled wife to and from medical appointments. He had a wooden walkway, but the wood had severely rotted over time. As a temporary fix, Mr. Blumel had placed plastic mats over the rotted wood. The uneven surface did not provide adequate safety or accessibility often created great difficulty each time Mr. Blumel would need to transport his wife.

Last week, MJ Development, Bonness Inc. and ARGOS joined forces to provide this veteran in need with a safe and accessible ramp. In just 1 day, the rotted ramp and surrounding area(s) were cleared and a new concrete ramp was formed and poured. All services were provided at no cost to the homeowner.

Mr. Blumel was truly overwhelmed that these companies would do this for him and his wife. A huge thank you to the generosity of Jeff MacLean and his team at MJ Development, Jeff Krull and the Bonness crew and Bob Marion and his crew at ARGOS for stepping in to help this veteran in need.

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.