Today we introduce you to 6-year-old John David (JD). Early in their pregnancy, JD’s parents were informed of his down syndrome diagnosis. They worked hard to prepare themselves for the journey ahead. Since the time of his birth many additional diagnoses, including autism, have presented significant challenges. JD has severe mobility imbalance issues and is at high-risk of falling. Safety within their home has become the number one priority.
Alongside his occupational therapist, the family has been working on a bathing routine for 3 years. The family desperately needed a safe, independent bathtub/walk-in shower to assist him with this vital life skill. JD’s mom heard about HBF and reached out to apply for a bathroom modification. With the help of Lennar, HBF was able to provide this life-changing project.
Home Modifications Make A Real Difference
JD’s mom, Abbie recalls, “From day one, Alice was wonderful! My initial meeting with Brian from HBF was fantastic, and he was there with us the whole way. The Lennar volunteer team was such a treat, it’s like they became a little part-time family. Special thanks to Angie Egan for coordinating and going above and beyond. She helped find JD and I temporary housing while the project was being completed. Angie is much appreciated!! Chris Combs, project coordinator from Lennar, oversaw the entire project. He was the “best of the best”, the most genuine, skilled, caring, communicative, dedicated, and passionate volunteer ever witnessed!”
There is no doubt the home modifications provided by HBF make a difference in the lives of our clients. And the effect on our volunteers is incredibly impactful as well.
Lennar’s Angie E. says, “This was my first project with HBF, and I couldn’t be more excited with how it turned out! I am very grateful for Chris’s coordination and efforts on this bathroom remodel project. Seeing it all come together through this partnership between Lennar and HBF has been very inspiring. I am so lucky to work for a company that supports giving back to our community and making an impact. The icing on the cake was seeing JD grab his bubbles and pop himself into his own tub with a HUGE smile on his face. Thank you, HBF for allowing me to be a part of your crew!
November finds us looking forward to fall, and all it entails; HBF is so grateful we can help families like JD’s. We are so fortunate for the support of people like Angie and Chris! Thanks to all those committed to HBF and our mission to build independence, provide opportunities and elevate lives for individuals and families with disabilities in our community.