The Home Builders Foundation (HBF) set a goal in 2019 to provide services to 25% more people than in 2018. A lofty goal that could not be met without strong partners in the building industry. One outstanding partner helping reach that goal is Toll Brothers. This week marks the completion of the third major project that Toll has been instrumental in completing already this year.
Toll Brothers kicked off the year working with the HBF to provide Phuong L. in Thornton with an accessible bathroom. Phuong was born in South Vietnam and was drafted at age 18 to fight communism. He was a fighter jet pilot, prisoner of war and political refugee. He came to the U.S. with nothing and started over. His daughter, whom he put through school, contacted the HBF seeking help after Phuong became disabled due to ALS. Not only did Toll Brothers and their trade partners step up to remodel the bathroom for the family, they did so with gratitude.
“We wanted to express our gratitude to our Toll Brothers trade partners for teaming up with us to make a difference for a family in need. It isn’t often we can step away from our everyday responsibilities to rise to the occasion to make an impact in our communities. Thank you all for your efforts.” – Nicolas Lespron, Toll Brothers
Next, Toll Brothers completed a ramp for HBF recipient, Susan T. of Littleton, CO. Susan was diagnosed with MS 20 years ago. Her condition had progressed, and she was in need of an accessible bathroom and ramp for her home so that she could continue to live independently. Another Toll Brothers crew joined the HBF to make the ramp a reality. For Mark Haddad of Toll Brothers this project took on a special meaning.
“For myself, the HBF provides an incredible opportunity to give back to those in need. Growing up with a physically handicapped Father, I saw first-hand the mental and spiritual impact a wheelchair accessible ramp or minor bathroom modification could provide to someone’s independence and quality of life.”
Thursday, July 11, HBF and Toll Brothers will celebrate the completion of their third, and Toll’s largest, HBF project of the year in Thornton. This time the recipient is 15-year-old Jonah, with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Like any teenage boy, Jonah was seeking more independence, something made much more challenging due to being wheelchair bound. Toll stepped in to convert the family’s garage into a bedroom and bathroom space that was accessible to Jonah and provided him with the independence and space he craved.
“We are adding a bedroom and bathroom to the main floor of the Roybal’s house to make it easier for Jonah to have his own space that is wheelchair accessible and personalized to his use. This project has not come without its hiccups, but our trade partners have been very helpful and we have overcome obstacles to make sure we can get Jonah a place of his own!” -Wes Christensen, Toll Brothers
The total value of these projects was over $30,000, but the recipients pay nothing for these modifications. The HBF leverages the dollars it raises and grants towards projects to be worth much more, thanks to their partnerships in the home building industry. Toll Brothers is just one example of these partnerships.