200 Volunteers Help to Elevate Independence
Individuals living with disabilities receive help from the Home Builders Foundation’s three-day Blitz Build
Joyce G. has lived in the same house for 20 years and enjoys her neighbors and local hangouts. The past few years have been difficult for the 82-year-old who is adapting to symptoms related to heart failure. Fortunately, Joyce connected with Home Builders Foundation (HBF) and the nonprofit was able to complete modifications—including grab bars, door replacements and seamless flooring – that have enabled her to live comfortably in the home she loves. On June 11, HBF completed yet another renovation – the installation of a back patio so that Joyce can sit outside and enjoy her backyard.
The patio was part of HBF’s 12th annual Blitz Build. Blitz Build is a three-day event during which multiple crews of builders, tradespeople and volunteers build ramps and decks for individuals across the Denver area who are living with disabilities. This year, 200 dedicated home builders, vendors and volunteers from 35 companies completed projects for 14 individuals throughout metro Denver.
The crew that installed Joyce’s patio and stairs leading to the backyard was comprised of volunteers from OrePac Building Products and Fiberon. Fiberon, which is a leading U.S. manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing and cladding distributed worldwide, was the presenting sponsor for the 12th annual Blitz Build. Each year, employees from the two companies are among the first to sign up for Blitz Build. They enjoy the team bonding that comes from working together on a project but find the real reward comes when the client sees the completed project. “Joyce was delightful! She was so happy and appreciative when she came outside to see her new patio and thanked all of us over and over,” says Abby Wilson, Administrative Assistant at OrePac Building Products.
Since the initiation of Blitz Build in 2011, 224 projects with a total retail value of $950,000+ have been completed during the annual event. The goal is to provide individuals who have a physical disability with more safety and independence when entering and leaving their homes and accessing our community. The current average retail cost of a mobility assistance ramp is $5,760, which is often more than families struggling with multiple medical bills can afford. All work provided by HBF is done free of charge for clients.
The individuals who received ramps and decks as part of Blitz Build are living with conditions like severe arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s or partial paralysis as the result of an injury. This year’s Blitz Build projects took place in Aurora, Broomfield, Denver, Elizabeth, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, Lafayette, Thornton and Westminster. Sponsors and material donations covered the costs so that the ramps were completely free to the clients. Blitz Build also has a fundraising component called “Ramp this House” that raises money to provide funding that will help the HBF to complete future accessible home modifications for deserving clients.