Drew’s Story: From Painful to Pain-Free!


“It was life-changing the way they helped me get around.”

It’s the little things in life that we often take for granted. Opening a door, cooking our own breakfast – we do these things without a second thought.

But it’s a whole different experience for Drew.

While serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Drew sustained injuries to his hands that led to nerve damage and severe neuropathy. As a result, grasping a door handle or opening his kitchen cabinets sent shooting pain up his arms. Even turning the knobs on his range causes his hands to clench and spasm painfully.

“The pain from simple everyday tasks… it makes things pretty difficult.”

The worst part – Drew was suffering needlessly. Simple changes around his home could shield him from triggering his nerve damage; he just needed a little help to get there.

Thanks to the support of friends like you, we were able to make those modifications through FSL’s Home Improvements program. Together, we flipped the script on Drew’s home routine – changing it from painful to pain-free!

“I was hoping to get levered door knobs, but it turned out to be so much more,” says Drew. “They [FSL] replaced my cabinet doors, my door handles, installed handicapped accessible bars in the bathrooms and replaced my range with a push button version so I didn’t have to turn the knobs! They even replaced my air conditioning unit, which, in Arizona, is huge,” says Drew, tearing up. FSL works hard to support Arizonans’ desire to stay safely in their homes for as long as they possibly can. To accomplish this, we offer home accessibility modifications, emergency repairs, weatherization services and major housing rehabilitation. Last year, through your support, we helped 1,145 homeowners like Drew continue to live safely and independently in their own homes. “They came in and did a wonderful job. Without the assistance of FSL, my quality of life would have been very poor. It was life-changing the way they helped me get around.”

If you or someone you care about is living in a home with hazards that make daily tasks challenging – there is help! FSL Home Improvements can help make your home the safe and comfortable place it’s supposed to be. Give us a call today at 602-285-1800 or visit the Home Improvements webpage for more information.

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