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Business Observer Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 8 years ago

Builders Care starts 130th project

The nonprofit will build a new home for a family of 14.

FORT MYERS — Builders Care, the nonprofit arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA), has partnered with Stock Development to build a home for a family of 14.

Created in 2005, this will be Builders Care's 130th project and will put it over the $2 million milestone of investment in Lee County, says Fred Barry, past president of Builders Care.

BIA members donate all labor and materials, and the donations stay in Lee County. The Board of Directors is made up of CEOs and owners of leading building industry companies, according to a release.

The organization provides no-cost emergency construction services to the elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged citizens of Lee County, says Barry. The family was brought to Builders Care through its church, according to Builders Care Executive Director Heidi Taulman. When the group saw the family had inadequate bathroom facilities, dangerous roofing, dangerous electrical issues and cramped quarters, the organization decided to step in, Barry says.

This latest home project launched Oct. 30 and the 1,900-square-foot house will be completed in 17 days. Check out clips from the kick-off rally below.

Video: Amanda Heisey

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