BUILDING HOPE for the Velazquez Family
The Velazquez family was the recipient of The Good Deed Project's Building Hope renovation in December 2021. The project's focus was on an ADA retrofit to make the family's home more accessible for Brian (20) and Jonathan (14), who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disease that causes loss of muscle strength and functionality, eventually causing complete immobility.
In one of our most extensive Building Hope renovations to date, completed over a 10-day period, we provided the Velazquez family with an ADA retrofit of their home valued at more than $100,000, resulting in a home that is safer, more comfortable, better meets the needs of the entire family and offers the boys more independence in their daily lives.
Our goal has always been to cover the basic needs of our families — in this case, widening doorways, a complete bathroom remodel that allows Brian and Jonathan to enter and use the bathroom for personal grooming for the first time, and adding voice-control capabilities for lighting and door access throughout the house. Thanks to the generous contributions of our donors, community partners and volunteers, we were able to go above and beyond with the home’s interior and exterior transformation, which will have a positive impact in the family’s life for many years to come. The boys are experiencing some much-needed joy with their newly remodeled home and some amazing holiday surprises that include a soccer field in the backyard, a VIP UFC experience, Raiders gear signed by Derek Carr, new Travis Scott Fragment Jordan 1 shoes and “the most Christmas presents” they’ve ever received!
PROJECT AT A GLANCE
1,506 Volunteers hours
0 Injuries (ok... just a few splinters)
The modifications completed throughout the home:
Extensive remodel of the bathroom to accommodate the wheelchairs and body lift for easier transferring to toilet and shower
Expanding living space by removal of obstructing walls
New mobile-adjustable height kitchen table to allow for versatile tasks including homework and mealtime, and other disability-friendly furnishings including adjustable medical beds
New main entrance into the home to allow for wheelchair entry, with addition of exterior pathway
Security gate addition with sensor to allow touchless access
Backyard redesign to allow for wheelchair activities
Smart System installation for voice-controlled lighting and doors
Miscellaneous interior/exterior home repairs
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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS, COMMUNITY PARTNERS & VOLUNTEERS!
$10K BUILDING HOPE Sponsor
Bobby Panaro helped make this renovation very special for the Velazquez family. After a grant fell through at the last minute, The Good Deed Project staff was left scrambling. And then, thanks to our friends/volunteers Mary and Jason Fitzgerald, we got put in touch with Bobby, who was looking to make a difference in the life of someone in the community. He not only donated $10,000 toward the home renovation, but he hooked Brian and Jonathan up with Raiders gear and their new Travis Scott Fragment Jordan 1 shoes. Brian likes to wear his shoes all the time, but Jonathan loves his so much that they are now for display only. Plus, the boys will never forget the VIP UFC experience Bobby arranged, where they got to take in the Meisha Tate fight ringside with Charles Barkley and meet Dana White, Kamaru Usman and Aljamain "Funk Master" Sterling.
BUILDING HOPE MVPs
As noted above, this was one of our most extensive renovations ever. And it wouldn't have been completed to the extent it was without the hard work of the KH S&S team. They helped on this project from start to finish, performing everything from their day-to-day expertise of framing, hanging drywall, and painting to manual labor and furniture staging staging, welcoming the family home and wrapping up projects. Their team hardly ever left the home site. They went above and beyond what we could have ever expected. We were truly blessed to work with such a top-notch team.
Craig & Chris Kadlub
Trish Bradley Garvin
Roxy’s Quilt & Sew
Chris Walski Cappas
Anna Gibson McCaffery
Dawn Marie Nolfi