Home / People of Florida / ‘Rebuilding Together’ helps make one family’s home more handicap-friendly

‘Rebuilding Together’ helps make one family’s home more handicap-friendly

By

Rebuilding Together North Central Florida celebrated the completion of a community project in Alachua County to assist a local family with their handicapped son.

The project was dedicated to renovating the family home of Doris Tellado, Jose Jimenez and their two children Alejandro and Gabriel, who relies on a wheelchair for mobility.

RD Bonner, executive director of Rebuilding Together, said the organization focuses on repairing anything keeping a family from being safe or healthy in their home.

The family struggled to provide accessibility needs for their son and through this project those needs were addressed, he said. Tight corners and narrow doorways were widened, Bonner said, helping not only the son but the rest of the family.

Rebuilding Together partnered with Charles Perry Partners, Inc. to work on the project, which took about a year to complete, Bonner said.

A complete addition was built onto the family’s house, including a wheelchair-friendly bathroom and wheel tracks throughout the house for wheelchair accessibility.

“Through Charles Perry they were able to install a track system that has totally changed the lives of this family,” Bonner said. “Gabriel can now get everywhere he needs to be safely, and we just feel great about that.”

Bonner said the project is part of a year-round effort to fill the need for home repair in North Central Florida, including several projects that are lined up for April. Community residents wanting to get involved are encouraged to visit Rebuilding Together’s website.

Rebekah Geier edited this story online.

Check Also

The Trenton High School gym, which was built in 1939, has finally been restored. (Photo courtesy of Patricia Powers)

Historic Trenton Gym, Built In ’39, Set To Reopen

Trenton High School's old gym, built in 1939, will open its doors once again in late February after long-awaited renovations. A $350,000 grant helped repair the structural elements, but fundraisers will continue to take care of cosmetic and interior elements of the gym, such as constructing a memorabilia room.