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Greetings! This year I am riding on behalf of the Sebago Lakes Region Fuller Center for Housing serving the communities of Windham, Raymond and Standish. Specifically, I will be participating in the Seaside to Sebago Bike Adventure. I will be riding from Burlington, Vermont to Windham, Maine, July 24th to July 30th, to raise funds for our work repairing and improving homes for aging adults and veterans who want to stay in their homes safely. After arriving in my hometown of Windham on July 30th, I will participate in several housing projects with approximately 35 other riders. I am excited to be able to be part of this important nonprofit effort.

 

One of our very special local projects will assist a couple, John and Linda Gregoire of Windham, Maine. John and Linda's life changed when he was diagnosed with ALS 15 years ago. Today, John is confined to a motorized wheelchair. The couple has faced their challenges with grace and prayer. On July 29th, we will be building a farmer's porch allowing John to get fresh air. This is a safety issues and will allow John to have an exit if needed. Scroll down this page to read more about John and Linda's journey and this special project.

Donations are vital to the success of these efforts. For the projects we do, it is not a hand-out but a hand-up. Each homeowner we help pays a portion of the cost of materials over time. In this way, they are "paying it forward." Fuller Center has a serious commitment to efficiency and is a GuideStar Platinum Participant, the charity evaluator's highest certification. 

Please keep all our riders in your prayers as we embark on this journey. Your love, encouragement, and donations are greatly appreciated!

a very special project

Please help us jumpstart fundraising for a critical project for a beloved Windham couple.

 

Fourteen years ago, John and Linda were living happy and productive lives, coaching their children’s’ sports teams and building a successful start-up business. But all that changed abruptly when John was diagnosed with ALS, a shocking and devastating diagnosis that he and Linda have borne with incredible bravery and determination. 

John is now completely physically disabled and lives 24/7 in a wheelchair. He is nonverbal but can communicate through a computer tablet. His wife, Linda, is his full-time caretaker. The two of them spend all of their time in the living room because he cannot access the upstairs bedrooms. Linda sleeps every night on the couch so that he is never left alone.  

Getting outside is a lengthy and painful process for John, involving multiple maneuvers and a wheelchair lift in the garage. Because it is so hard for him to be moved, he does not leave the house at all except for necessary appointments. Even worse, the house does not have a second exit that he can access, and he would be in grave danger in the event of a fire or other emergency. 

Our goal is to raise enough money to: 

  • build a second exit from the home so that in the event of a fire John could be removed from the home; and

  • build an attached deck so that John and Linda could safely get outside for a breath of fresh air and some sunshine. 

 

This project has involved months of design, planning, budgeting, support from suppliers, contractors, and volunteers, and significant fundraising.

 

Please help us jumpstart fundraising for this special project.

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Diane Dunton Bruni, Board President

Sebago Lakes Region Fuller Center for Housing

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Windham residents, John and Linda.

Click above to learn more or to donate to this special project. Contributions may also be sent via check to Sebago Fuller Housing, 723 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, ME 04062.

Questions? Feel free to give us shout. Call 207-387-0855 or email us at sebagofullerhousinginfo@gmail.com.

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