Dorothea Briers' home makeover revealed
Updated On: Jan 18 2013 07:08:50 PM CST
A home makeover for a disabled Colorado Springs woman is complete.
On Saturday, Dorothea Briers' saw her house for the first time since the project began in early December.
Family, friends and some of the people who helped out on the project were present to greet Briers' as she got of a limousine blindfolded.
Once everyone gathered around, the blindfold came off and her face lit up. Briers' smile stretched from ear to ear as she yelled with joy.
"That ain't my house," said Briers.
As the realty of her new home sunk in, Briers began to cry and thanked Jesus.
Steve Caldwell, owner of Stonegate homes, was the contractor who headed up the project. His office received thousands of phone calls of people wanting to help. In all, around 100 people chipped in to finish Briers' home in just 30 days.
"It turned out a lot better than I ever dreamed it would," said Caldwell.
Briers' home was completely remodeled. Everything from the drywall and flooring to the handicap accessible stairs and bathroom. Briers' said it's like nothing she ever imagined.
"Thank you for everything. You made my dreams come true," said Briers.
Caldwell has dedicated this home to his son, Shawn, who passed away last year.
The list below contains the names of the companies, organizations and people who helped with the Dorothea Briers' Home Makeover project:
Newman McAllister, Attorney at Law
Airport Value Inn and Suites
All Things New Roofing
American Furniture Warehouse
Big O Tires
Bill Keigher’s Flooring
Bill’s Tool Rental
Carpet Clearance Warehouse
Cascade Investment Group
Circle Drive Self Storage
Colorado Custom Decks
Colorado East Bank & Trust
Community Church of the Rockies
Critters of Avenue B
Daniel’s Taco Shop
El Paso Drywall
Fringe Benefits Custom Interiors
Gold Rush Construction
Integrity Bank & Trust
JJ Construction & Roofing
LP Building Products
Michael’s Arts & Crafts
Morning Star Elevator
Oscar’s Oyster Bar
On the Border
Pizza Hut (Star Ranch Rd)
Pryor Floor Company
RMG Engineers Group
Rocky Mountain Electric
Rocky Mountain Materials
S&B Porta-bowl Restrooms
So. Colo. Roofing
The Blind Connection
The Preferred Vacuum
Total Tree Service
A special thank you for donations:
The Elk's Club
Denny's Restaurant and Customers Donations
Old School Bar and Tavern
Jeanora D Hilton
Feelin a Little Philly Restaurant & Friends
Margaret Padilla Grayer, Jessica Lopez, & Eddie Zapps)
Richie(Bump) Heaning LI NY
Since the story aired, the community support has been even greater. Colorado Custom Decks has further donated to get additional items still needed, but never asked for, for Dorothea's house.
This is a message Stonegate received from Colorado Custom Decks:
"Thank you and your Company for enriching the life of such a woman. I think that your taking on this endeavor was purely heartfelt and amazing, having nothing to do with benefiting yourself. I respect you for your DILIGENCE!!! You were not a nap:) You were simply seeking to make someone less fortunate than you & start their New Year i a comfortable way, and doing it with fervor. I admire that. Again, thank you for your selfless, awesome work in our community."
If we have forgotten to recognize anyone that helped on this project, we apologize because that is not our intention. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if that is the case.
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