The Built-ins are in, the floor has been laid, and the walls have been painted! The BATC Foundation’s latest project with Special Spaces, creating a room for Rachel, is nearly complete. Build partner Ispiri has been busy volunteering their time to turn Rachel’s tiny basement into a beautiful functional space for this deserving young girl.
Two years ago, Rachel experienced a series of health events that led to a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease and a type of malformation of the spine. For more than two years, Rachel’s world has consisted of hospitals (her longest stay was 86 days!), doctors and multiple surgeries. Because of her illness, Rachel is homebound much of the time and has missed a lot of school. One of the things that got Rachel through this tough time was creating art. Currently, she has very little space in her home to do art projects and has no space to store all of her art supplies.
Rachel’s bedroom is small and that has led her to spending much of her time at home in the family’s dark and partially finished basement. Little does she know, her new basement includes a large craft table, a desk, plenty of space for storage and art supplies and even features places to display her art. Rachel’s parents have kept her from venturing down into the basement since construction started.
The BATC Foundation could not be more excited to for Rachel to see her finished space. Thank you to our build partner Ispiri and all of the volunteers and donors who made this project possible.
View photos of the progress below.