In 2014, Driver SPG has teamed up with the ALS Association of Orange County to renovate four homes for people in Orange County currently living with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. As a result of the disease, patients are restricted to a wheelchair and often require extra equipment such as medical beds, lifts, temporary ramps, and other ADA equipment to be installed in their homes.
We are proud to announce that the first renovation was recently completed! John McCurdy, a Navy Veteran who lives in Brea with his wife, Sharon, has been diagnosed with ALS for the past two years. Those years have seen him go from being an avid camper and outdoorsman to being restricted to the use of a powered wheelchair. Due to his mobility restrictions, John is no longer able to access any of the bedrooms in his house, which are all upstairs, so he has made a bedroom out of the downstairs family room. However, John and his wife have had to struggle with maneuvering his wheelchair on the carpet flooring, going up the 5-inch step to exit the room, and hitting the ceiling with the lift when getting John in and out of bed.
Over the course of just 10 days, Driver SPG and a team of subcontractors were able to demo the existing drywall in the family room, install insulation and new drywall, pour 5 inches of concrete to level the slab, vault the ceiling, add baseboards, paint the entire room, and install new tile flooring, new dual-pane windows, a new electrical system, and lighting fixtures.
In total, the project is worth more than $18,000 in value and required 30 volunteers and 250 hours of labor!
We are so thankful to everyone from Driver SPG who helped on the project as well as the generosity of our subcontractors – ESI Contracting, Hy Tech Tile, Glazing Concepts, ARC Coatings, AMS, Ganahl Lumber, Robertson’s Ready Mix, and Local Pumping – we couldn’t have done it without you!