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June 2012 eNewsletter - Bringing Relief

Coleman in liftAlmost a year ago, we heard from another nonprofit that a family needed to make some changes to their house to accommodate their 17 year-old son, Coleman, who has cerebral palsy. He used to be able to pull himself to his feet from his bed or wheelchair, but when he hit his growth spurt, he lost a lot of abilities. Mom (especially) and Dad were ruining their backs hefting this handsome teen around. Enter HRM. God provided so that we could do several things for them.

 

1) We pointed them to a system of helping handicapped people move around with a cable lift running in a track called Sure Hands.

 

Sawnee Grant2) We applied and were awarded a grant from the Sawnee EMC for $5,000 which covered part of the cost of the equipment.  Having gotten those pieces in place, we waited until another  nonprofit made good on their grant promise to complete the funding.

 

3) We began alterations in the house, for accessibility, to provide an unobstructed ceiling so the track would go from the bedroom to the sink, toilet and tub. This included some structural changes.

 

4) The lift was installed by the supplier.

 

5) Custom wall and floor cabinets were built, finished, and installed by Padgett & Associates of Alpharetta with labor donated.

 

The base opens like an entertainment center with the doors folding into the sides of the cabinet, so Coleman’s wheel chair rolls comfortably under.Coleman project

 

6) A new custom granite countertop and sink were donated and installed by Watermark Stone of Cumming.

 

In the photo, Mom (Julie), glides Coleman almost effortlessly into the new bathroom.

 

He can now be lifted from his bed to his wheelchair, or from bed directly to the bathroom in the care of his Sure Hands.  He grows stronger as he learns to “walk” himself while suspended from the track. Check out the video on our facebook page - www.facebook.com/homerepairsministries. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

 

Easter was a perfect time to share why we serve with the family.


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