Abundance of the Heart
Mike’s family was a special, but not a unique Critical Home Repair case for Habitat Dutches. Mike, the family patriarch, was entering his senior years with more challenges than imaginable. He had spent years taking care of his wife Jen and son Matt, both of whom had mobility issues.
Jen developed Advanced Osteoporosis which caused her bones to be very brittle. Matt, who in his younger years was in a bicycle accident that caused Traumatic Brain Injuries, also developed Multiple Sclerosis, causing him to be paralyzed from the waist down. Mike’s caring for his family included carrying them up and down the stairs of their raised ranch home until heart and circulation issues prevented him from doing so.
Without a ramp to help, the family did not have safe egress from their home. They were essentially trapped.
Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County took on the task of building a permanent ramp for the family. With 3 people facing mobility challenges, the need was immediate. After 5 weeks, volunteers built 95 feet of ramp and walkway.
Mike, Jen and Matt now have a safe and secure means to leave the house and get out into the community. They are immeasurably grateful for how Habitat Dutchess rallied so many caring individuals in the community to make this project such a success.
We are excited to share our next phase of assisting this family soon. There is more work to be done.