There is already a ramp leading up to Vienna Kennedy’s front door on Massey Road. But soon, there will be an even better one, and beyond it, a newly accessible house.
Shane Chapman and his team at The Ultimate Deck Shop will be building the ramp, along with a new deck in the back yard.
And the accessible house — that’s thanks to the volunteer work of more than a dozen local businesses.
The goal is to make it easier for eight-year-old Vienna to get around with her walker. She has arthrogyposis, a congenital muscle syndrome that causes limited mobility.
“We really liked that there’s a tight-knit group of people here that kind of embody that small-town spirit,” Chapman said of his reasons for getting involved.
That group is working as Build Love, an organization co-founded by Derek Wu of Collaborative Construction and Brandon Fuchs of Superior Garage, with the intent of completely renovating the Kennedy family home.
“We’re going to shut down the store for a couple days and make sure everybody’s here to help out,” said Chapman. “It will be a bit of a sacrifice for us, but we feel that we would like our staff to be involved in this through and through.”
“We’ve been in business for over 25 years and just thought it was a great way to give back to our community,” added Ken Kowalchuk, a partner with Cupboard Brothers.
His company will replace the cabinetry in the kitchen, bathrooms, mudroom and laundry room.
“We’ve got custom heights for her vanity and being able to pull up and brush her teeth without having too much trouble and same with the kitchen, lowering door handles,” said Kowalchuk.
“We have done lots of accessible-type cabinetry projects, but this one is a little bit different because we’re accommodating both parents and small children.”
When Dan Turgeon heard about the project, he approached Fuchs to get involved.
His company, Town & Country Plumbing and Heating, might have the biggest job of the bunch, with 12 employees involved.
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