Bonita Springs mom with ALS receives lifechanging gift of home renovations for the holidays
By: Lee BIA Builders Care
Lee BIA Builders Care and Lennar Homes renovated the home of Miriam Garces, a 46-year-old mother of five, at no cost. Work was completed in under two weeks, and Garces' newly remodeled home was revealed Dec. 18.
For Garces and her family, this home renovation will create a world of difference. Garces was diagnosed last year with ALS, a progressive, degenerative disease affecting nerve cells that control muscle movement. As her condition quickly progresses, Garces and her family are in critical need of home modifications to support her daily activities.
The family thought Builders Care was completing a bathroom remodel for greater accessibility. When they entered their home, they found a total transformation. In addition to the renovated bathroom that now features an accessible roll-in shower, Lennar also presented the family with an array of surprises. A concrete ramp was installed at the front entry that will help Garces come and go with ease. New flooring was installed to allow Garces to navigate her wheelchair with ease. The kitchen also revealed new customized cabinetry, countertops and shelving to accommodate accessibility, as well as all new appliances. Laundry room modifications were made, including a custom pocket door and custom shelving for easier accessibility. Bedrooms were given new life and finishing touches included new living room furniture, fresh linens, holiday décor and presents under the Christmas tree.
Outside, new gutters were installed, the home was pressure-washed and painted, and landscaping was refreshed.
"We didn't pay a dime here, not even a penny. It was all donated," husband Carlos Garces said. "God bless every single person who put their sweat and tears in here. I can't pay you, but the guy upstairs will pay you. Like I tell everybody, what you sow, you reap."
"It's what touches your heart and what you can do to give back to the community," said Ray Kershaw, vice president of construction for Lennar. "When you find a deserving family like the Garceses, it makes it all worthwhile. To see what we did today and how much they appreciated what we had done is just an amazing feeling."
"Miriam and her family have gone through so much over the past year, so we are pleased that they can spend the holidays in a home that is more comfortable and accessible,"