|Jun 08, 2012 --
Reginald Thomas, a 44 year old paraplegic, dreamt of owning a home. Even though he was determined eligible for the Section 502 Direct Single Family Housing assistance from Rural Development, he was faced with the challenge of finding a suitable home to accommodate his disability.
After an exhaustive search of the limited housing stock in rural Twiggs County, Georgia that couldn’t accommodate his needs, Reginald’s sister gave him land to build on. Subsequently, he faced another challenge...locating a contractor willing to work with him. After seeing the difficult time Mr. Thomas was having, Tamika McGhee, Area Specialist with USDA Rural Development provided Mr. Thomas with the contact information for People Helping People United, Inc. Through their coordinated efforts Mr. Thomas will soon be living in his own home that is being built to accommodate his special needs.
Mr. Thomas stated that without the assistance of USDA Rural Development, his dream of becoming a homeowner would not have come to fruition.
In May 2012, construction began on Mr. Thomas’s home. Dozens of Volunteers are helping make his dream come true. “Seeing families that most people have always looked down on, turned away from or wouldn’t assist receive a home, is special,” said Ashley Rodgers, CEO of People Helping People.
With June being National Home Ownership Month, Tamika McGhee, thought what better way to kick off the month long celebration than by highlighting Mr. Thomas’ story. “I feel that Mr. Thomas will serve as an inspiration within his community by showing people that you are not limited by your disabilities“ says McGhee. It’s very gratifying to have been involved with assisting Mr. Thomas in achieving one of his life-long goals.