Team of builders gives a gift to a woman living with multiple sclerosis

Belen Ward
bward@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/29/22

Christina Mansfield was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her twenties. She lived an independent life, physically walking around, but her symptoms worsened in 2021, which changed her life to …

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Team of builders gives a gift to a woman living with multiple sclerosis

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Christina Mansfield was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her twenties. She lived an independent life and was able to until her symptoms worsened in 2021. That changed her life, putting her into a wheelchair.

Now a group of volunteer builders from Brighton have changed her life again, making her home more wheelchair friendly.

"I'm so grateful,  I have an accessible bathroom. If I want to get up and go take a shower, my husband doesn't have to come up and help me," Mansfield said.

A team of volunteers from the Home Builders Foundation installed an entrance ramp onto her home and modified her bathroom.  Mansfield's family hosted a celebration dedication on September 28 for the crew, volunteers, donors and contributors for giving Christina the gift of independence.

"I feel blessed and grateful for the Homes Builders Foundation that went above and beyond. I'm happy that the MS Society are the ones who told me about this," Christina said. "They told me to reach out to them and see if they can help out, I filled out the forms and got a call in February 2022. They were going to do the project."

Christina said being in her wheelchair was difficult at home due to the layout of her house.  She depended on her family and husband Steve to lift her to take a shower or bath. She had to spend most of her life upstairs in the bedroom until they built a stair lift, but she couldn't use the bathroom without help.

That's no longer the case.

"I'm excited for her, and these guys went above and beyond to modify this bathroom. Transferring her to an accessible and functional bathroom. It makes me feel good she is safe," said husband Steve Mansfield.

KB Homes oversaw the modifications of Christina's home, and Home Builders Foundation, a non-profit, works with the clients as the applications come in. They send a team to assess the project and work with the homeowner to figure out the best option to complete the project. 

The builders donate the supplies and labor to renovate at no charge.

Brian Johnson, the Homes Builder Foundation Program Director, was in charge of everything that has to do with the project and manages the budgeting for individual projects. Lauren Russell is in charge of bringing in the capital. The projects they complete for the disabled are free to the homeowner.

"We work really close with the Multiple Sclerosis society and welcome anyone to apply on our HBFdenver.org.  So, if you are struggling with a disability give us a call," Johnson said.  "It was awesome hearing Christina talk about this life-changing impact it had."

 The team of builders widened doorframes, installed a roll-in shower and accessible sinks and cabinets. Fortress Framing designed plans to install a back ramp so Christina could roll out of her house down the ramp onto her backyard patio to visit with family and friends as well as an emergency exit.

The Colorado Floor Company installed the floor tile, wall tile, and countertops in the bathroom. Hallmark provided the countertops, Dal tile provided the tiles and  ARK Plumbing did all the plumbing, put in the shower valves for the trimmers, and put in the sinks, faucets, and shower pan. They moved a lot of plumbing around to put in a new shower, Christina said.

KB homes put together trusted trades to partner with them to provide the modifications Christina requested.

"Being able to support our residents was important for me; this is my first time with KB homes partnership with Home Builders Foundation- it's been huge," " said Udie Ruiz,  KB Homes.  "I'm honored to be able to work with our suppliers who are willing to give their time as well as their materials- is truly amazing. And Christina has her independence!"

For those who are disabled and need assistance with a remodel contact the nonprofit Home Builders Foundation at www.hbfdenver.org For application assistance visit, https://hbfdenver.org/apply-for-assistance/

KB Homes and Home Builders Foundation help the disabled with remodeling homes.

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