Builders Care, the non-profit arm of the Lee Building Industry Association, with the help of employees of the Southwest Florida Division of Lennar, and local sub-contractors and volunteers, have finished building a new home for Bob and Judy Wingo.
The Wingoes had lived in their home for nearly 42 years and raised two children and adopted a third child at the age of 7 who suffered with disabilities. Before Judy was placed in a nursing home in 2006, Bob ran a successful sign company in Fort Myers providing services to many builders, Realtors and hotels. He had done his best to keep up with the needs of his home, but since he does not drive, he spends most of his time traveling to and from the nursing home to be with his ailing wife of 48 years via public transportation. The original home and shed, which were demolished on Dec. 2, posed safety concerns including significant mold growth, roofing and structural issues.
Through the company's annual Focused Acts of Caring program, Darin McMurray, Southwest Florida Division President of Lennar, led his 120 employees and more than 50 local companies to demolish the existing dilapidated house and construct a brand new 1,500-square-foot home in its place in 15 days, in time for the family to spend Christmas in their new home.
Volunteers and employees of Lennar pose with Bob Wingo in front of his new home in East Fort Myers.
The Wingoes' family members and friends welcomed him to his new home on Friday, Dec. 20, along with community leaders, Lennar employees and Builders Care volunteers and supporters.
Ray Kershaw, area construction manager with Lennar, managed the construction and led building partners to complete the project in just 15 days. Local companies joined in the effort to help feed the volunteers for the duration of the project and the Lee County Sheriff's Department helped put up walls and hang drywall in the home. Construction services totaled more than $100,000.
The completion of the Wingo home marks project 158 for Lee BIA Builders Care, increasing the total emergency construction services provided to over $2.7 million since 2006.
Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee 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. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $2.4 Million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need.
Major supporters include Cape Coral Plumbing, Ferguson Enterprises, Harbor Springs Building Company, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida, Stock Development, Sunset Air and The Aubuchon Team of Companies.
Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 104, in Fort Myers.
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 Ave. in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.