Builders Care unveils landmark 200th home project

Author: Mike Walcher
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LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The non-profit organization Builders Care unveiled its landmark 200th remodeling or rebuilding project Friday.

The effort started just over nine years ago. For its 200th project, Builders Care, an arm of the Lee Building Industry Association, stepped in to help out a disabled man and his sister.

Troy Elliott describes the condition of his home in San Carlos Park in simple terms, “it was just all falling apart.”

Elliott suffered a stroke two years ago that left him blind. His sister moved in to help take care of him but the house had many drawbacks.

“There was no shower, it was leaking on the floor. There was no carpet, just cement floors,” said Vonda Behnke, Elliot’s sister.

For the past eight days, Stock Development has donated workers and materials to redo the home and make it accessible for Elliott.

“I’m always amazed at the amount of giving and generosity in our community and especially the local builders. Builders Care wouldn’t exist without our awesome partners who say ‘yes’ and want to help others in the community, ” said Heidi Taulman with Builders Care.

Friday afternoon, dignitaries had a ceremony and Elliott and Behnke walked into their remodeled house.

The redone home now features a bathroom and shower that Elliott can access on his own and a new, open kitchen.

There were tears, smiles and a surprise! Elliot’s brother Neil flew in from Ohio, to join his siblings in their new home. They’ll celebrate the holidays, giving special thanks to Builders Care.

“They’re like a godsend to us. I can’t thank them enough. Our whole family is happy,” Behnke.

“I am glad they are  helping me out, they’re really good people,” said Elliott.

Builders Care says since 2005, it has donated just under $3 million worth of labor and materials to help people in need.

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