Our guest blog today was written by Laurey Maslyk with ReFIT. Visit their website for more information about this wonderful organization!
Say hello to Remodeling for Independence Together or ReFIT! ReFIT is a 502(3)c non-profit that was started right here in Portland in 1997. A small group of remodeling professionals pulled together to help one of their own make his house ADA compliant for his college aged son who had just become a paraplegic due to a horrific car accident. Seeing the tremendous difference it can make in a family’s life the group started ReFIT to be able to do the same for others in need.
Our vision is a future in which all seniors and adults with disabilities, including those with limited financial means, will have the opportunity to live a full life and age with dignity in the comfort of their own homes.
At age 27 years old Alex had just graduated from college with his Bachelors degree in social work and was accepted to the graduate program at his University. That summer while waiting for classes to begin in the fall, Alex took a bicycle ride with a friend. The next thing he knows he had hit something and was flying over his handlebars landing on his back and couldn’t feel anything.
Alex’s annual care at home is at a cost of over $100,000 a year for his parents. His dad lost his business because of having to leave Oregon to care for their son for a year in a rehabilitation facility in Atlanta. Now that Alex is home to stay his bathroom facilities in the house need to modified to ADA standards. This is where ReFIT comes in. ReFIT and their amazing professional contractor partners like Kennedy Restoration, will come to this family’s rescue and modify that bath at no cost to the family.
For more stories about ReFIT changes lives please check out our web site at www.refitportland.org.