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Community partners needed to assist disabled homeowner’s canine companions with temporary shelter

Beloved canines need temporary housing during construction repairs

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Lee Building Industry Association Builders Care, Inc. is seeking assistance from canine-centered businesses to help facilitate life-changing construction repairs for a fellow homeowner in need.

Jodi Santana is a strong, happy and positive single mother that suffers from a severe degenerative disease affecting her sight. Despite her health issues, Santana continues to work as a customer service representative for LCEC and works hard to provide for herself, support her three grown children and barely cover bills for her quaint Lehigh Acres home.

Sam, a 5-year-old female English springer spaniel

With the help of the Lee County SHIP home renovation grant, Lee Builders Care is going to provide life-changing home renovations to address a leaky roof, aged air conditioning and structural repairs for Santana. Her income alone would not allow her to consider addressing these critical repairs needed. The grant and assistance from Lee Builders Care is a dream come true.

Santana’s pride and joy are her two canine companions, Sam and Gloria. Sam is a 5-year-old female English Springer Spaniel and Gloria is a 13-year-old female Labrador mix. Both dogs are family-friendly and have been together for many years.

Gloria, a 13-year-old Labrador mix

To facilitate the necessary repairs to the home, Santana will be staying with family and friends during the construction period, which is anticipated to take place in late September and last two to three weeks. Unfortunately, she does not have anyone that can look after her dogs during this time and she cannot take them with her. Unless temporary housing can be arranged, the project cannot take place. Builders Care is currently seeking community support and local partnership to provide temporary housing/shelter for these two wonderful dogs during the renovations. The ideal partnership would be from a local doggie day care, boarding facility or veterinarian. The dogs are also in need of vaccinations, which are more than Santana can afford at this time. To assist or for information, please contact Christi Pritchett Sarlo, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care at 239-938-0056 or christi@BIA.net.

About Builders Care

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its mission is to provide emergency home 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 $3.9 Million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need.  Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 118 in Fort Myers. The Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net ) is a 62-year-old association affiliated with National Home Builders Association and Florida Home Builders Association that serves to strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education and services. 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. Follow Builders Care at Facebook.com/LeeBuildersCare or on Twitter @LeeBuildersCare.

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