Shelby's accessible home

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Raised by 299 people in 19 months
Dear Family and Friends,

2018 is shaping up to be a big year for the Feeneys; we are going to do three things to improve the quality of life for our family and Shelby.

1. We need to modify our home to make it handicap accessible for Shelby.
2. We need to travel to the CHARGE Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to see a team of doctors that understands how CHARGE Syndrome impacts Shelby’s health and development.
3. We need to buy a van that can accommodate Shelby.

Yeah that’s a big load of craziness to add to our life and we are reaching out to our family and friends to help us make these three things a reality.

Each of these needs are big and we’d like to tell you a little bit about our home modification project.

Shelby is doing so many amazing things, she is growing bigger and stronger, she is communicating better and becoming more physically active too. We are so happy to see her grow into the happy four year old she is. With her great gains come new challenges, for example, it is becoming unsafe to lift her up and down stairs. We have known for a while that our house as it is now won’t be suitable for our family and we have finally decided to make the changes it needs.

We want a home our whole family can enjoy for the rest of our lives, a place that is safe for Shelby and us as we care for her needs, a place Shelby can be independent and move around using her walker, a place where Shelby can do things four year olds do like wash her hands at a sink that accommodates her, a place that she can grow into so she can slam a door in our face when she is a teenager.

We are excited to have a home we can continue to enjoy together and where Shelby can live comfortably, safely, and independently. Here are some of our plans for our new two story addition: a wheelchair ramp, wider doorways throughout the house, a first floorplan with an open kitchen, dining, and living room area, and a handicapped accessible half bath with space to care for Shelby’s bathroom needs. We will add a second staircase with chair lift so we can safely move Shelby up and down stairs. On the second floor Shelby will have a larger bedroom and storage space for her medical supplies and adaptive equipment, a handicapped accessible bathroom with walk/roll in shower, tub, and toilet.

We are looking forward to collaborating with Beige and Bleu Design studio to help us complete our renovation and design plans for our new forever home.

If we need to keep costs down we plan to do some of the work ourselves, ask our friends in the Trades to help, and reach out to local business for donations for things such as kitchen cabinets.

We are asking our families and friends for several things: money to help finance these needs, using skills you may have to make the building project go smoothly, sharing our need with others, and prayer. Prayer really is the most important piece to this; our family has lived a stress-filled and complicated life for the last four years and the thought of undertaking a construction project and traveling with Shelby is overwhelming but we remember how prayer and God’s provision has brought us through other things and we trust he will do it again.

We expect the new addition to be about $100,000 plus, the handicap accessible van to be about $40,000, and we do not have a ballpark figure for the trip to Cincinnati because insurance may not cover it.

Thanks for loving our family.

Dan, Nicole, Elyse, Tamsin, and Shelby
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Hi All Dan here!

Hope everyone's summer is going well. We wanted to send out an update to everyone, construction has been going well! It slowed down a bit over the 4th of July holiday, but the walls are up and primed, tile and flooring is going in this week. Painting and trim will continue this week and next week, and cabinets should be in near the end of the month. This means we should be back in our house mid-August. We are so excited! Over the 4th of July Shelby spent a week at an intensive therapy program at the NAPA Center, where she made some amazing progress with standing and getting in her gait trainer by herself! We're so proud of her! Tamsin and Elyse also made some big steps over the same week with learning to swim without floaties!

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support, and donations of time and money over the last several months! It really is amazing and humbling to see the care and concern of so many people for our family. It's exciting to see the house coming together more and more, but it really can't come quick enough.

We are reaching the end of the project and asking one last time that people share our financial need. We raised $43,641 and much of that went to purchasing the van. We need about $20,000 finish the home project so I have updated our GFM page to reflect that. Our new goal is $63,641. If you can please donate to the Gofundme page, and/or share with people you know, or reach out to Nicole or myself directly. We've met so many wonderful people through this whole thing, and we are so grateful.
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Hello everyone! We wanted to send a building project update; by the end of this week the interior walls will be up and plastered! We're praying things we've ordered will be in quicker than expected so that we can be back in our house sooner rather than later. Please keep sharing our financial need, we are still trying to raise funds for this project and we are coming up short. We know we have been asking you to share and donate for such a long time and it is hard for us to keep asking, but we are putting our pride aside and asking for Shelby and for what she needs.
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Hello Everyone,

We are making great progress on the house, the inside is down to the studs, and our team is working together seamlessly. So many amazing things came out of our trial; electrician Robert Brown, painter Steve Kimball, and carpenters Ed Belcher and Bob Ells have offered their services to us and we can not thank them enough! One of the other unique things that came out of this is that the Director of Facilities for a local hospital is using our supply list like a registry to us to help us find vendors and donors to cover the cost of all the things that seem like 'extras' but are actually 'necessaries' for Shelby, for example we need a lot of extra lighting in our home to make it just right for Shelby's vision impairment, those bulbs and fixtures add up! Thank you all for sharing our need and if you know some one who would like to donate the cost of something specific off our 'registry' like a toilet, faucet, or curtain please let me know and I can send you our product list. Please keep sharing our need, most of what we raised so far went to purchase the van. Thank you!
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Thank you everyone! Our story was picked up by Boston's channels CBS, ABC, NBC, WHDH, WATD, and FOX. Here is the story from CBS: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/05/14/neighbor-withdraws-objection-handicap-accessible-whitman/
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