Lehigh Acres homeowner Mitzi Phillips, 44, has suffered with a serious heart condition for several years. She has endured a total of nine heart operations and four pacemakers and relies on special oxygen machines twenty four hours a day.

On the other side of I-75 is the Knight family, who also live with disabilities. Their home was in desperate need of a new roof and other updates.

Throughout the month of May, subcontractors and volunteers sponsored by Builders Care, the charitable agency of the Lee Building Industry Association, completed work at both homes in Lee County.

Several local companies stepped up to the plate to provide services free of charge including Kinetico Quality Water Systems providing a brand new water system to the Phillips family in Lehigh Acres. In addition, Cape Coral Plumbing provided new water heaters to both families and faucets to the Knight family in East Fort Myers. Both Nilles Design and Sherwin-Williams donated products and services toward both projects.

Additional participating companies included Harbor Springs Building Company, Mark’s Dumpsters, Sunset Air, Totally Detailed Renovation Services, TPI Aluminum, Woodhull & Company.  This project was partially funded by the State Housing Initiatives Program hosted by Lee County Department of Community Development.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. Builder’s Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Most recent top corporate sponsors include Real Estate Investment Society and BB&T. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 104, Fort Myers FL 33966. Donations can be made online at http://www.leebuilderscare.org/ , or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T (formerly Colonial Bank) Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.