Lee Building Industry Association’s (BIA) Builders Care and Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties are partnering to renovate the North Fort Myers home of Tony Peterson, who will purchase the home from Habitat following renovations. Renovations will include bathroom, roof and septic tank repairs, as well as alterations to provide handicap accessibility. Building partners with Lee Building Industry Association’s Builders Care program have started work with handicap accessibility and replacing plumbing while Habitat for Humanity volunteers have begun renovating the bathrooms, roof and septic system. To help prepare the home for Peterson to move in later this summer, Builders Care and Habitat leaders will participate in a volunteer day to paint the home on Friday, July 12 from noon to 5 p.m.

“Our missions are tied to supporting homeownership and we are honored to partner with Habitat to help this young man,” said Builders Care President Butch Ritter.

Peterson successfully completed the financial, educational and volunteer “sweat equity” requirements to become a Habitat homeowner. Despite the paralysis of his arms and legs, Peterson completed his sweat equity hours at the Habitat ReStore in North Fort Myers as a greeter.

“Tony was such an inspiration to many who came into our Habitat ReStore,” said Habitat’s Vice President of Family Services Tanya Soholt. “We received so many compliments on his pleasant demeanor and helpfulness, and he repeatedly thanked our customers for helping him reach his goal of becoming a homeowner.”

Local subcontractors contributing to the project include Cape Coral Plumbing and West Coast Structural Concrete & Masonry. The home was donated to Habitat for Humanity by JP Morgan Chase. Renovation of the home is expected to be completed in early August.

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties
Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is celebrating its 30th anniversary year as a chartered affiliate. It is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country, and has helped more than 1,245 families in Lee and Hendry counties become homeowners. Through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, homes are sold to the homeowners with an interest-free mortgage and monthly payments set at less than 30 percent of the homeowner’s income, making homeownership an affordable reality. Habitat homeowners must qualify financially for the program; save $1,200 toward their closing costs; attend educational classes focusing on homeownership, budgeting and home maintenance; and complete 250 hours of “sweat equity” by volunteering at Habitat. The local affiliate also supports Habitat for Humanity International by tithing a portion of its proceeds, allocated to Habitat’s global fund, disaster recovery in Haiti and initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information call 239-652-0434 or visit www.habitat4humanity.org.

About Lee BIA Builders Care
Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the 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. Major supporters include Cape Coral Plumbing, Ferguson Enterprises, Harbor Springs Building Company, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida, Stock Development and The Aubuchon Team of Companies. 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 www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.