Nonprofit improves homes for sick kids

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By Deborah A. Culp StarNews Correspondent

Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 11:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 11:11 p.m.

WILMINGTON | In 2007, John Kaiser, an interior designer, asked a group of friends to join him on a mission to make life better for some area children who had been stricken with devastating illnesses or were involved in debilitating accidents.

Courtney Causey, 13, (right) who has an inoperable brain tumor, stands in her recently made over bedroom with her sister Olivia Causey, 12, and Melissa Wilson, with Welcome Home Angel, in 2009. StarNews file photo

He formed the nonprofit Welcome Home Angel Inc. to assist the children and their families.

Kaiser was motivated by an accident that caused his car to collide with an SUV. He and his family were fortunate enough to walk away unscathed, but Kaiser decided from then on, things would not be the same. He was left with a new outlook on life and a newfound gratitude.

Inspired by the television show “Extreme Makeover,” Welcome Home Angel does partial home makeovers to improve the quality of young people’s lives.

Repairs and renovations range from refitting a door for maximum accessibility or rounding corners of sharp furniture to remaking a bathroom or redesigning an injured or sick child’s bedroom.

Children are eligible if they ages 4 to 17, within a 25 mile radius of Wilmington and have illness or injury that will affect them for a length of time.

Welcome Home Angle prefers to do its most extensive renovations on homes where the family has ownership or a permanent residence.

Candidates are suggested by citizens generally through a church, agency or other organization.

The selection process adheres to all rules and regulations regarding the privacy of medical records.

After the child has been approved, the family is assigned two “guardian angels” who meet with the family to answer any additional questions and to get the remaining consent forms and waivers signed. A design team is appointed to the family.

For more information about Welcome Home Angel, call 515-4242 or see www.welcomehomeangel.com.

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