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A Paralyzed Man Receives a Fresh Start with a New Renovation

The Jones Family

The Jones Family of Anacostia fell on hard times about 3 years ago when Mr. Jones had a bad fall and bruised his spinal cord leaving him paralyzed and unable to continue working as a DCWASA engineer or able to live an independent life within his inaccessible home. Thanks to Yachad, hard times are in the past.  We mobilized professional contractors, volunteers and philanthropists to renovate the Jones’s house to make it fully accessible for him and his family.

The Jones’s home is a two story row house that was previously inaccessible for Mr. Jones.  He was being sponge bathed in the kitchen sink and he could not leave his home without the assistance of his family.  Mrs. Jones was forced to quit his job in education to be a full time caretaker for her husband of twenty years.  Their two children also felt the changes, having to spend their free time helping their mother around the house. The Jones family had spent all of their savings on medical bills, and had lost their private health insurance, so other things around the home began to deteriorate as well.

Bedroom Before-No bathroom/no privacy.

Kitchen-Where Mr. Jones used to bathe

What did we do?

Yachad worked with a general contractor and 10 subcontractors that volunteered their time and materials to completely renovate the lower level to make it accessible and private for Mr. Jones.  The space, which was once unfinished, is now a “place made just for Marion,” says Mrs. Jones.

Added Dimensions-Alan Kanner lead the project, contacting all of his subs, asking them to donate their services to the project.  Alan, you continue to amaze us with your generosity!

Stoiber & Associates-Jeff Stoiber provided the architectural plans for the renovation.  It was his idea to move Mr. Jones onto the lower level.

Acker & Sons– Donated an immense amount of time and materials to renovate the bathroom to make it fully ADA accessible.  Mr. Jones had not taken a real shower in 2 years before this bathroom was build for him!

JKJ Electric– A long time Yachad subcontractor, JKJ Electric completed all of the electrical installations and repairs needed.

Quality Window and Door– Donated both new windows and an accessible door to provide natural light in a space that could be dark, but is now light and cheery.

Arch Architectural Ceramics-Donated all of the tile and ceramics needed to renovate the bathroom and shower for Mr. Jones.

Sherwin Williams Paints-Donated the paint to make the space look brand new.

Steve Clark Drywall-Donated the labor for the drywall, building new walls and sectioning off the space to make it more of an apartment than an unfinished basement.

Jiffy John-Donated the porta-potty, allowing the Jones house to stay clean and free of mud tracked through the rest of the home.

Tenleytown Trash-A long time Yachad subcontractor, supplied the pick up and haul away services.

Lower Level Before

Lower Level After

Mr. Jone's New Private Bedroom

Once the professional work was complete, Yachad organized volunteers from Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Synagogue to complete the repairs such as painting and small carpentry. The work that was not donated was supported by donations from the National Fair Housing Alliance, local synagogues, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Synagogue, and local philanthropists, Julie Jacobs and Irma Poretsky.

Basement Bathroom Before-Unusable

New Accessible Bathroom

Yachad also ensured that the Jones family has the resources they need to maintain the home improvements.  The Jones family attended 10 hours of education for homeowners covering budgeting, DIY maintenance, protecting assets and avoiding scams, and building community relations.  More on the Yachad Homeowners Workshop here.

On July 14, the Jones family hosted a barbecue so members of their community along with contractors, volunteers and Yachad staff could view the finished renovations. View photos of the event below:

Adat Shalom Volunteer, Becca Farkas

Board Love

Mrs. Jones sits with Audrey Lyon (Exec. Dir.)

Mrs. Jones speaks with Arch Architectural Ceramics Staff

4 Responses to “A Paralyzed Man Receives a Fresh Start with a New Renovation”

  1. […] Gimme Shelter: Yachad's Blog « A Paralyzed Man Receives a Fresh Start with a New Renovation […]

  2. Pat Sachs says:

    That’s a fantastic story, very uplifting. Yachad is a great, caring community resource. I’m glad that AC got involved in this project to help a close family with so many challenges.

  3. […] Finally, homeowner Chrystal Jones gave a moving speech about how a partnership with Yachad has transformed her home, her life, and the lives of her […]

  4. […] Chrystal Jones and her family partnered with Yachad this past year, and she shared her story with us at the 2013 Community Builders Bash. Here are her remarks on how Yachad transformed her home and the lives of her family members. We hope to form many new Yachad partnerships in 2014 that will be just as transformative for the homeowners, volunteers, skilled workers, communities, and everyone else involved in the work we do. […]

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