They say life only gives you what you can handle...
Meet Paul Legault. Paul is a husband and a father. He is a hard-working, successful, determined and proud man who lives in Carleton Place, Ontario. Many people reading this are likely asking, âˆ˜So what?âˆ™ The difference is that Paul is a quadriplegic. He had an accident when he was 15 years old, while playing football in high school in 1975 and has been completely paralyzed ever since.
He and his wife, Janet had their âˆ˜dream homeâˆ™ built for them, designed to be barrier free and accessible to Paul's specific needs. Shortly after moving in they started to notice problems with the original construction of their home. The list of problems quickly grew and many were serious. They hired a company to do an inspection and were made aware of mold issues in their crawl space, improper grading for drainage, roofing materials not nailed down, improper furnace and duct work installation, plumbing problems and dozens more deficiencies requiring attention. Although they worked hard to address the problems âˆ“ they could not keep up with them.
To make things worse, their faith in people was shaken when, on two occasions, contractors hired to fix the major deficiencies literally âˆ˜took the money and ranâˆ™. They took legal action, and won, but have never been paid a cent of the money awarded them by the courts. In 2000, Paul became ill and unable to work and has been on bed rest since. That loss of income, combined with the expenses incurred through âˆ˜crooked contractorsâˆ™, have left this couple unable to manage the growing list of problems and facing the sad reality of perhaps having to sell their home.
They deserve better! So in an effort to make things right, we are reaching out to you for help. A fundraising effort has been started to find genuine people, business owners, and community members, anybody that can help them through the mountain of issues they are facing. There is a link to a CBC news story about Paul and Janet, as well as a place to make donations to help their cause.
Please help make a difference!
Total raised: $6367.02
Success! We are ecstatic to announce that thanks to the generosity and steadfast determination of several kind, unselfish people, the most pressing repair has been completed. The wheelchair accessible Master bathroom has been completely renovated and is not only beautiful, but functions perfectly. As a result, there is now a total of $3,080.86 remaining as of May 12, 2016. This money will be used to continue addressing many of the repairs needed in the rest of the house.
On behalf of Paul and Janet we would like to thank you for your generosity. Although some work is finished, we are still accepting donations. To those who have not yet given, we hope you will take the opportunity to do so now. If you would prefer another method of payment (i.e., cash or cheque), please contact us and we will gladly help you do so. Thank you.
This is a unique opportunity to change someone's life who really needs it.