Rebuilding Together Knoxville announced a collaborative effort among multiple construction companies to provide handicap accessibility for the home of 3-year-old Elijah James and his family. Elijah has rachischisis, the most severe form of a congenital disorder known as spina bifida.
His family and friends have become ambassadors for him and his medical condition, using social media to raise awareness about the disease.
Through their efforts, friends of the James family and neighbors from across East Tennessee contributed to the purchase of a highly specialized power wheelchair that allows Elijah to move throughout his home. Once the money for the chair was raised, the family knew they needed to invest in improvements and upgrades to their house to make it handicap-accessible.
The renovation will transform two small bedrooms into an accessible bedroom and bathroom on the main floor and will add an additional bedroom and bathroom in the basement for Elijah’s older sister, Skylar. A wheelchair accessible ramp will be constructed from the driveway to the main floor. The total cost of the project is approximately $30,000.
Upgrades and changes to the James home will be done free of charge to the family. Participating construction and design companies are donating all materials and labor.
Multiple construction and design companies are participating in the effort and include:
· Messer Construction Co.
· McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects & Interior Design
· Massey Electric Company
· Cherokee Millwright & Mechanical, Inc.
· Cook Bros. Construction
· E. Luke Greene Company, Inc.
· Bonitz Flooring Group, Inc.
· Harrison Construction Company
· Finish Point Trim and Millwork
· MHJ Quality Cleaning Services
· Corporate Quarters