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Lehigh Acres family’s house gets renovations for easier access

January 2, 2019
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee BIA Builders Care and Lennar Homes brought a life-changing gift to a Lehigh family on Dec. 21.

The family received the gift of a bathroom renovation and other home improvements for the holidays, thanks to a partnership between Lee BIA Builders Care and Lennar Homes. The family and more than 200 volunteers and supporters came together at 9:30 a.m. to be part of a heartwarming unveiling.

According to Becky Swift, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care, the Jordan family was brought to the organization's attention following an application for help submitted through their social worker.

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Becky Swift, Bonita, Tony, and Sterling Jordan and Mandi Wray.


"Mr. Jordan needed an accessible bathroom because he is restricted to a wheelchair. In 2015, he was permanently confined to the chair and has needed to rely on his mother to assist him in getting around the house. His mom has degenerative arthritis and has recently become unable to help care for him. He began to have no independence," said Swift.

Through the collaboration of both groups, Tony and Bonita Jordan received the gift of a home that is more accessible, so they can provide care for their son. Sterling, 38, who was born with Klinefelter syndrome, diagnosed with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis and end-stage renal disease, is currently undergoing dialysis following kidney transplant operations. He has 8 percent vision in only one eye. Sterling's father, Tony, 86, has a rare blood disorder. Prior to her being diagnosed with degenerative arthritis, his mother, Bonita, 71, was Sterling's sole caregiver.

"Sterling has been unable to shower for years due to the inability to use the existing bathroom. As a result, Bonita has been sponge-bathing him, an undertaking that has become increasingly difficult as Bonita's arthritis worsens," said Swift.

Following a review process, Lee BIA Builders Care began to put the pieces together and get the family the assistance they needed.

"We did our review and research and then went out to meet with the homeowner. After we qualified them, it was time to find the right partner. Lennar Homes jumped right in to work with us on this project as well as another for the holidays," Swift said.

During the renovations, the Jordan family stayed in a hotel and thought that they were just getting a bathroom modification.

"Lennar really stepped up and went way beyond for this family. The living room has also been inaccessible to him so he was bound to his room. They took out the flooring in his room, the hallways, the dining room and the living room, then put new level flooring, which allows him to get around the home and spend more time with his family," said Swift.

The home was finally ready for the unveiling on Dec. 21 and featured many other renovations including an outside paint job, flower garden, fence repair and dimming switches on every light in the home.

The Jordan family came back to find a home their son could navigate.

"My goodness, I was so surprised. When we contacted them we just asked for the a few changes to the bathroom and the widening of a door. Then we walked in and saw everything they did for our family. Words cannot explain how much this means to us," said Bonita Jordan. "They did so much to make our home a place where my son can live. He can use the whole house. He was trapped in his room. Now he can help me with my computers again. We don't have the words to express how grateful we are to Builders Care."



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