A Lift For the Gomez Family
In November of 2017, then 10-year-old Joshua Gomez was in a car accident on his way back from Thanksgiving break. Joshua suffered multiple injuries in the accident, and he is now in a wheelchair. Joshua spent one year in Children’s Hospital in Denver recovering from the accident. He was able to move back home to his Colorado Springs residence in November of 2018. The home is a split-level house, and entry to the house was difficult for Joshua because he had to be picked up from his wheelchair and carried into the house.
In February of 2019, HBA Cares began constructing a lift so that Joshua could more safely and easily enter and exit his house. Builder captains David Thompson of Winds of Change Contractors and David Martin of Accessible Systems of Colorado Springs, along with the help of HBA Cares Director of Construction Jim McCrary of Classic Homes, organized the entire project and saw it through from start to finish. With the help of David, David, Jim, and many others who pitched in a helping hand, the lift was completed in late March of 2019. The project completion was celebrated with a BBQ at Joshua’s house on April 24, 2019.
Joshua works hard and his health improves every day. His family loves having him at home, and they are happy to be able to get him in and out of the house more easily!
This project would not have been possible without the help of many donors and partners along the way. HBA Cares would like to thank Oakwood Homes, iHeartRadio, and the SCP Hotel for hosting a benefit concert in December of 2018 to help fund the project. HBA Cares would also like to thank Winds of Change Contractors, Accessible Systems of Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, Rocky Mountain Forest Products, Lowes, the City of Colorado Springs, local artist Tracy Miller, J2D Electric, Challenger Homes, the Dream Team, Frazee Construction, and Dwire Earth Moving for their help with this project. This was truly a community effort to help a local Colorado Springs family!
Check out a video recap of the story at https://www.facebook.com/PPRegionalBuilding/videos/532821957245787/ .