From County Manager Dale
A request that "touches the heart"
time to time the office of the Board of County
Commissioners receives requests for assistance that are
outside our abilities and scope, but nonetheless touch
our hearts to the extent we want to help. Below is one
I did not speak to this family directly. My
telecommunications expert Kimi Roberts did and she told
me the need was genuine and that and that she believes
the request is sincere.
I requested that Kimi put the "story" in writing where
it could be shared with all in hopes that it will be
forwarded to various parties willing to help. If you are
willing to help or know someone who is, please call Kimi
at 386-755-4100 or e-mail her at
From the desk of Kimi Roberts:
Senior Citizen in need of handicapped ramp ...
Ms. Grace is a senior citizen, widow, living on
social security and widow pension. Her home is a single
wide mobile home in need of a handicap bedroom, shower
and ramp to be built where she can care for her son Roy,
age 48, a construction worker.
Roy had surgery October 2009 in Gainesville.
During surgery he had an apparent stroke which has
left him paralyzed from the chest down. He has
been in four different specialty hospitals since the
surgery to assist him in rehabilitation.
His mother said Roy wants to be self reliant
and is working through therapy at the hospital to learn
to pull on boxers even now.
Ms. Grace has a back porch, but needs help enclosing
it for a handicap bedroom for Roy, a handicap shower, as
well as a handicap ramp where he can enter and exit the
Ms .Grace is said Roy is in a specialty
rehabilitation hospital in Green Cove Springs and will
soon to be discharged, as there is nothing more they can
do. She needs to bring him into her home to live with
her where she can care for him.
The problem is her home isn’t handicap accessible.
If you can help, or know of anyone that can help,
please contact me at the County Commission at
386-755-4100 or e-mail me at
Thank you on behalf of County Manager Dale Williams
for the County Commission.