BICF Playhouse Project Continues to Inspire and Bring People Together
Donald Wirtzberger and Terry Phelps, Sierra Design & Construction, and Jack Band, Jack Band Builders Inc., each have plenty of experience remodeling and building homes of a variety of sizes. Their most recent projects completed through the Building Industry Charitable Foundation (BICF), however, were a first for each of them, and, while small in size, they were big on satisfaction. Chosen to lead the YouthBuild Louisville student team in constructing playhouses for children with special needs through the partnership with Kosair Charities, the BIA members graciously accepted the challenge and came away with a heartfelt experience they’ll never forget. The smiles of two little girls in particular, will long be held in their memories, while the mentoring of young adults at YouthBuild Louisville who are learning skills of the construction trade have made them each proud to give back through BICF.
Seven-year-old Molly Turner and eight-year-old Lily Singleton were the recipients of the playhouses which were uniquely designed to serve as escapes where each of the girls can play safely in a therapeutic environment. They both have had significant physical challenges, but their ability to inspire others through these projects fueled a shared passion among the playhouse participants to come together and work as a team.
“The playhouse project is incredibly beneficial to all parties involved,” Kosair Charities President Randy Coe said. “YouthBuild students are able to give back to the community while learning new skills. The BIA has the opportunity to help mold the minds of young students and prepare them for the workforce, and our Kosair Kids® receive a custom dream playhouse that allows them to get therapy at home as well as gain social skills. Everyone in this partnership comes out a winner,” he added.
BICF Chair Brandon Bailey, Bailey Remodeling and Construction, said the playhouse process continually gets smoother every year. “The builders were as prepared as they have ever been to be successful, and the construction trainer, Jim Anderson, was effective and responsive. Donald, Terry and Jack took accountability and responsibility for it early on. They basically did it without any of my help, and I believe they thought it was extremely rewarding. What was especially nice about this year is that we did the reveal on a Thursday and the kids got their playhouses delivered that following Monday, so they were able to enjoy them the whole spring.”
Bailey noted that the partnership with Kosair Charities and YouthBuild Louisville is a good fit for BICF.
“These playhouses fit our mission as well as any project we could possibly do. We’re always on the lookout on for new builders to be involved to make a difference in these kids’ lives,” Bailey added.
The Playhouse Project continues to tug at heart strings and inspire, while connecting individuals from various backgrounds to come together for a common cause. Presenting sponsor River City Bank, along with a long list of supporting sponsors, helped make this event possible. United States Congressman John Yarmuth acknowledged the project at the recent “playhouse reveal” at the YouthBuild Louisville campus on March 31. “It was an honor to join with YouthBuild and the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville in support of the amazing kids at Kosair Charities and their families. Louisvillians always come together to help those in need, and this playhouse project is a perfect example of that dedication.”