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Baton Rouge HBA Honored for Aiding Good Samaritan in Need

 

 

Volunteers from the Capital Region Builders Association in Baton Rouge, La. remodeled the home of Carl Falconer, center, who lost both his legs in a traffic accident when he stopped to assist a stranded motorist.

The Capital Region Builders Association in Baton Rouge, La. recently was given the 2008 NAHB/NOD Disability Initiative Award.

The award, conducted in partnership with the National Organization on Disability (NOD) and the National Housing Endowment, recognizes outstanding examples of programs, projects and activities conducted by HBAs that further the goal of full participation of people with disabilities in community life.

The Baton Rouge association earned the award for remodeling and upgrading the home of Carl Falconer, who lost both his legs in a traffic accident when he stopped along the road to assist a stranded motorist.

The HBA organized 45 onsite volunteers and 50 behind-the-scenes volunteers to transform Falconer’s home during a one-day project to make it wheelchair accessible.

The HBA volunteers remodeled Falconer’s bathroom; repainted his entire house; repaired cabinets; installed new flooring, shutters, a mailbox and front-porch handrails; and landscaped his front and side lawns.

“We applaud the Capital Region Builders Association of Baton Rouge for its leadership in developing a program that helps to ensure that citizens with disabilities have homes that meet their needs and enhance their lives,” said Gary Garczynski, endowment chairman and 2002 NAHB president.

For its efforts, the Capital Region BA will receive $1,000. The award will be presented at the 2009 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

Presented annually, immediate past winners of the endowment-funded NAHB/NOD Disability Initiative Award include the Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association, the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Denver and the Home Builders Association of Northern Colorado.

 
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