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Dorothea Briers' home makeover revealed

By Samantha Anderson, Weekend Evening Anchor/Reporter, s.anderson@krdo.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 02:18:04 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 18 2013 07:08:50 PM CST

Dorothea Briers' Home Makeover Reveal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

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:

Stonegate Homes

Structures Unlimited

Anginita Hilton

Yolanda Solorzano

Ardinia Harold

Newman McAllister, Attorney at Law

Airport Value Inn and Suites

AJ Cleaning

Allen’s Cleaning

All Things New Roofing

American Furniture Warehouse

Atlantic Heating

Axess Construction

Big O Tires

Bill Keigher’s Flooring

Bill’s Tool Rental

C&C Sand

Carlson Systems

Carpet Clearance Warehouse

Cascade Investment Group

Circle Drive Self Storage

City Glass

Colorado Custom Decks

Colorado East Bank & Trust

Colorado Hi-Tech

Colorado Lighthouse

Community Church of the Rockies

Critters of Avenue B

Dan Meylan

Daniel’s Taco Shop

Denali Stone

El Paso Drywall

Elite Landscaping

Ferguson

Foxworth-Galbraith

Fringe Benefits Custom Interiors

Gold Rush Construction

Harding Nursery

Homebuilder Services

Independence Center

Integrity Bank & Trust

Intrawest Seamless

JJ Construction & Roofing

JJ Johnson

Johnson Plumbing

Keller Homes

Legends Granite

LeSet Waterproofing

Lighthouse Flooring

Lowe’s

LP Building Products

Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Morning Star Elevator

Oscar’s Oyster Bar

On the Border

Overhead Door

Pizza Hut (Star Ranch Rd)

Powers Insulation

Precious Source

ProBuild

Pryor Floor Company

PTL Concrete

Ramon’s Painting

Reardon Partners

Rebuilding Together

RJ Gleeson

RMG Engineers Group

Rocky Mountain Electric

Rocky Mountain Materials

S&B Porta-bowl Restrooms

Sandy’s Restaurant

So. Colo. Roofing

Springs Church

Springs Security

Stair Shop

Sullivan Roofing

The Blind Connection

The Preferred Vacuum

TLC Construction

Total Tree Service

Transit Mix

Tri-Lakes Disposal

Uptown Limousine

Woodley’s

WW Masonry

Yellow Cab

Yo-Ko


A special thank you for donations:

Vicki Weber

Anginita Hilton

The Elk's Club

Denny's Restaurant and Customers Donations

YAS

Darrell

Old School Bar and Tavern

Gracies Lounge 

Nadine Noriega

Novack Family

Jeanora D Hilton

Donovan Hiton

AnneMarie Rossi

Georgina Cochran

Donette Bisbee

Deneen Johnson

Feelin a Little Philly Restaurant & Friends 

Michaela Elam

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 s.anderson@krdo.com if that is the case.

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