Thank you to everyone who has contributed, helped support at our events for Chris and Amanda, and have sent messages to the Bernier family. Amanda and Chris are still astounded by the support from the community, friends, and even complete strangers. Since the last update, there have been some major milestones reached. Amanda, Chris, and Peanut are all doing very well. Amanda's tracheostomy went well and Peanut is growing quick.
For two months, volunteers and contractors from around the Connecticut shoreline have been preparing the Bernier property for delivery of a new modular home. Their efforts were capped off on Monday when the new home was delivered in 3 sections. The pieces were lifted and placed onto a new foundation on Tuesday. “This is a great day for us,” said Brian Koczak who has been acting as one of the construction managers, along with Bob Blundon, Bill McMinn, Doug Minges, and Ed Delmonte. “It is tremendously rewarding for all the volunteers to watch as this house is put together.”
Much like an old fashioned barn raising, volunteers swarmed the site on several occasions to help. Many individual volunteer contractors also put in time for more skilled tasks. Over the course of 8 weeks they moved all the household belongings into storage, secured utilities, demolished the existing home, installed a new septic system, excavated and poured a new foundation and built framing to support the new structure.
Chris Bernier was often on site assisting and watching much of the activity, shuffling back and forth between Madison and the hospital, where Amanda is being cared for until the baby arrives. Chris captured all of the action on camera and provided Amanda with up to the minute progress reports. Both Chris and Amanda would like to extend their deepest thanks to all who have contributed and helped make this home a reality. The goal of the volunteers was to provide some relief from the strain on the Berniers as Amanda battles ALS. The Berniers are staying positive and focused on the health of their unborn daughter. The new home is a place for the family, and for the hope, to reside.
Special thanks to LaFata and Son, Shoreline Modular Homes, Tom Wilcox, Cherry Hill Construction, Scooby’s Trucking of Guilford, Haynes Materials of Seymour, Aiudi Concrete of Westbrook, Essex Concrete, Kyttle Sanitation, Ahearn & Sons, Simmons Quality Home Improvement, Torrison Stone, Landon Lumber, Advantage Overhead Door, Phoenix Cleaning and Restoration, Ring’s End Lumber, and Lowe’s Home Improvement. Without the gracious help of these local businesses and contractors, this project would not have been possible, costing an estimated $350,000.
For pictures of the project and the house, visit http://www.amandas-angels.org/