Josh Carden is an exuberant 18 year old with cerebral palsy who is confined to a motorized wheelchair. Last year Josh’s grandfather (who was also one of his major caretakers) was struck and killed by a car right in front of Josh as he was helping him off the school bus. The community rallied around Josh and helped the family raise money for the funeral expenses. My friend Lori became very involved in helping Josh’s family. After realizing that the current trailer where they live is literally falling down around them, Lori and a group of people have joined together to build Josh and his grandmother a new home.
This is where Josh currently lives:
And here is the new home that is being built for Josh:
It’s called The Josh Effect, and I’m hoping you can help me pay it forward this holiday season.
I wanted to personally ask that you “like” the facebook page for Josh’s Project here at http://www.facebook.com/joshproject.
I’ve been asked to come in and help with the final interior design of the home. I would be so appreciative if any of you are willing to join me in gathering items to decorate the house so that it is ready for Josh and his family to move in on December 6th. We would like to have a big “MOVE THAT BUS” type moment for him so that he can take a tour of the home on Dec. 6th which is the 1 year anniversary of his grandfather’s death. We are under 6 weeks to get this house completed, so please consider joining me in the effort to get Josh moved into a new safe and ADA accessible home for him. This is such a worthy cause.
The team has built a truly beautiful and well-designed home for Josh. Currently the home is halfway completed but there are still some major items that must be finished before it is ready for move-in.
Currently those needs are:
- Concrete for driveway and patios donated and poured
- Bricklayers to lay brick and mortar wash (bricks were donated and don’t all match so will need to be mortar washed)
- Flooring and floor layers
- Painters and trim carpenters
- General interior cleanup after construction is finished
- Furnishings and Decor
There are many more things that need to be completed, but all of this requires MONEY. So, the easiest way to help is to donate funds. All amounts are welcomed.
Monetary Donations can be made at The Josh Carden Project Homepage.
We’ve set up a housewarming registry for Josh at Bed Bath and Beyond. Please consider checking it out and making a purchase to make his new home a comfortable place to live.
Please feel free to forward this info to anyone you know who might want to help with this project. It’s going to take a big team effort to get it all completed, and I would appreciate any help that you are willing to give. Again, if you would like to make a monetary donation, you can donate at The Josh Carden Project Homepage.
If you are able or if you know of anyone who is available to help with the immediate needs, please send them my way. You can email me at [email protected]
Thanks so much, friends.