Local vet, family get new Cape Coral home courtesy of Builders Care

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- For Charyse Smith, a new home for her family is a dream come true.

“Even though I’m looking at this right now, it’s still not real. If you pinched me, I would still stay I felt that, but I’m still dreaming.”

Builders Care, a nonprofit organization, and Lennar Homes stepped in to make it happen when they learned Smith’s 9-year-old daughter, Kayla, suffers from cerebral palsy, and was running out of room in their current rental home.

“All the doors have marks on the bottom in our current house, unfortunately, because of her wheelchair and her equipment. It’s hard to get through sometimes,” said Smith.

The new house is being built around Kayla’s needs. It will have an open floor plan, wide doorways and handicap ramps and bars inside.

Crews are working overtime to get the Smith’s into their new home before Christmas.

“At this point in construction, we’ve already had thousands upon thousands of hands touch this project. [Crews are working] very long hours into the evenings [and] very early mornings,” said Builders Care Executive Director Christi Pritchett Sarlo.

Smith said she and her family can’t find the words to say how grateful they are.

“God just really stepped in here and blew us all away,” said Smith.