Home Builders Foundation and Wonderland Homes Make a Difference

August 20, 2019



DENVER, COLO. – AUGUST 19, 2019 – Two and half years ago, Jamille Hernandez was riding in her family’s car when the unthinkable happened: they were hit by a drunk driver. Jamille spent three months in the hospital undergoing rehabilitation for the injuries she sustained during the accident: brain injury, collapsed lung, broken neck, broken leg, and spinal cord injury, leaving her paralyzed. 

As she began to recover from the injuries and adapt to life in a wheelchair, her family became aware of the Home Builders Foundation, a metro-Denver based nonprofit that builds independence for those living with disabilities through home modifications. They applied for assistance and were visited by staff and volunteers to assess the project. From there, the HBF began sourcing a Project Captain to complete the work. Wonderland Homes, a local home builder, has been an HBF partner and supporter for many years. When they met Jamille, they immediately volunteered to assist.

First, the Wonderland Homes crew built a front ramp for Jamille. Last year, they continued their work with a completely remodeled bathroom (converting the tub to a shower, adding an accessible vanity and widening the door). The final phase is a back deck and ramp that will allow her safe and independent access to her backyard, where her family spends much of their time.

This final modification will happen as part of the HBF’s 9th Annual Blitz Build. The Blitz Build will bring together more than 200 volunteers to build 25 ramps across metro Denver – including four in Denver – over three days beginning this Wednesday August 21st through Friday, August 23rd. Each Blitz Build recipient has a unique situation that led them to need a ramp, just like Jamille. Blitz Build projects will be completed in Arvada, Aurora, Castle Rock, Denver, Englewood, Lakewood, Thornton and Westminster. 

The retail value of the work that will be completed during the Blitz Build is estimated to be close to $90,000. Thanks to all involved, the work will be done at no cost to the HBF or any of the Blitz Build recipients. The HBF community support comes from the event’s Presenting Sponsor, FirstBank; critical in-kind material donations including decking from MoistureShield distributed by BlueLinx, and treated lumber from Universal Forest Products; as well as many additional cash and in-kind sponsors. 

We continue to be proud supporters of the Home Builders Foundation because of the important work they do for our community, and the opportunity to give back through our talents as home builders. We have grown to know Jamille and her family over the past few years and are thrilled to complete the final phase of her home modification, so she can continue to grow and thrive and become an independent young girl.” – Kolby O’Herron, Senior Vice President at Wonderland Homes and Home Builders Foundation Board Member 

Upon completion of this ramp, the total value of the work completed by the HBF and its partners for Jamille will be more than $20,000. More importantly, these modifications increase Jamille’s safety and independence so she can continue to focus on her wellness journey.

Interview and photo opportunities available with crews and recipients. For additional details about Jamille’s project, Blitz Build projects, or to connect with the Project Captains, crews and/or recipients, contact Beth Forbes (bforbes@hbfdenver.org  or 303-551-6723). To learn more about HBF and the services they provide, or to get involved with the organization as a volunteer, supporter or partner, visit www.hbfdenver.org

About the Home Builders Foundation

The Home Builders Foundation (HBF) is a metro-Denver nonprofit that partners with the homebuilding industry to provide home modifications at no cost for individuals with physical disabilities. Since 1993, the organization has helped more than 1,600 individuals with disabilities remain in their homes with dignity and independence. The mission of the Home Builders Foundation is to build independence, provide opportunities and elevate lives for individuals and families with disabilities in our community.  For more information, visit www.hbfdenver.org

About Wonderland Homes

Wonderland Homes is a locally-owned, privately-held homebuilding company based in Greenwood Village, CO.  The company is focused on building sustainable, recognizable homes and communities for current and future generations.  Since 1966, the organization has built thousands of homes in the Denver-Metro area, Boulder and Northern Colorado and has helped many families and individuals by supporting the efforts of non-profit organizations like the Home Builder’s Foundation, HomeAid Colorado, Operation Finally Home and the In! Foundation. Wonderland’s tagline is “it’s about character…” which is portrayed through their passion for delivering an elite experience to their customers, trade partners, and families while giving back to the community.  Please visit www.wonderlandhomes.com to learn more.

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