• Rotary Year: 2017-2018
  • Application Date: 5/31/2017
  • Club Name (Primary): Johnson City
  • Club Name 2: Johnson City, TN Morning
  • Club Name 3: Johnson City Evening
  • Project Name: Appalachia Service Project Handicap Accessibility
  • Project Total Cost: $14,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $7,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: Shannon, Wesley, and their three children share a two-story home in Johnson City. Of the three children, two are disabled, and Wesley has had three strokes and is unable to move one half of his body. However, their home is not laid out in a way that allows Wesley to access a bedroom or shower; there is no full bathroom or bedroom on the ground floor of the house, and Wesley is unable to go upstairs to the second floor. As a result, Wesley sleeps in the living room and is unable to adequately bathe. Furthermore, there are other health and safety concerns associated with the home. The porch leading to the wheelchair ramp is rotting, and the walls and floors are also damaged. The family has no functional HVAC system, so the home is cold in the winter and hot in the summer.

    Rotary Club, in partnership with Appalachia Service Project, will rebuild the porch and improve the accessibility of the bottom floor of the home by renovating the downstairs bathroom to include a handicapped shower. This will involve moving the washer and dryer to create space and adapting the room’s layout. Furthermore, ASP will alter the layout of the downstairs area and install a Murphy Bed to create a bedroom space for Wesley and Shannon as well as replace the HVAC system. Volunteers will also repair and recover the damaged walls and floors.
  • Expected Start Date: 7/17/2017
  • Expected End Date: 12/18/2017
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 5
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: The addition of an HVAC system will dramatically improve the lives of the three children and parents living in a home with almost no heat. This assistance will play a significant role in allowing Wesley to negotiate his disability with success and will dramatically improve accessibility throughout the lower floor of the home. It will allow Wesley to bathe, to enter and exit the house safely, and to have his own sleeping area. Furthermore, improvements to the walls and floors throughout the home will allow the family to live in a safer and healthier environment. Creating a sleeping space for Wesley will give the children some room on the main floor of the house to do homework and spend time with the family. Due to the disability of the two children they will not be moving out of the house after they turn 18 so they will benefit from these improvements for many years.
  • Expected Total Project Volunteer Hours: 600
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Rotarians will provide support to the repair process by providing hand-on labor at every step of the project. Skilled Rotarians will assist in renovating the bathroom and rebuilding the porch, while unskilled projects will include drywall work, demolition, installing floor coverings, and painting. Without the labor contributions of Rotary Club members, ASP would not be able to assist this family.

    Furthermore, throughout the time they work on the home, Rotarians will build relationships with Shannon, Wesley, and their children. Over several months, they will have the opportunity to connect with the family and share their day-to-day stories, and build a network. We often hear of families that build lasting friendships and stay in touch long after home repairs have been completed.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: Creating awareness of partnerships supporting Rotary International’ mission is vitally important. Excellence in this area depends on collaboration among Rotary and Appalachia Service Project. Partnership recognition will be developed collaboratively, utilizing all of ASP's recognition assets: ASP will share the partnership with Rotary using Social Media, as well as placing the Rotary International logo at the construction site. In addition to these efforts, Rotary and ASP will arrange for local photography and news coverage when available and provide a press release to local media markets. Each of the three participating clubs maintain Facebook pages. Project updates will be posted on all three sites throughout the project. Additionally, programs will be conducted at each club about the project.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Appalachia Service Project
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Participation Letter.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.See Budget Upload
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadRequested Collaborative Grant - $7000
    Johnson City Noon - $4000
    Johnson City Morning - $2000
    Johnson City Evening - $1000

    Total Funding - $14000
  • Budget Upload: Rotary Budget 530.xls
  • Primary Contact Name: Richie Torbett
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: AG Area 14
  • Primary Contact Email: richie@fiberconnext.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 423-791-0240
  • Financial Contact Name: Karen Sochon
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: President Elect
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    125 Webb Rd
    Piney Flats, TN 37686
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  • Financial Contact Email: kssochon@aol.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 423-676-1843
  • Project Authorization Form: Appalachia David Brown signature.pdf, ASP all other signatures.pdf
  • Grant Number1718c-08
  • Grant Award$7,000.00