For millions of Americans, home can feel like a trap. But one nonprofit is changing that by helping people with disabilities lead more independent lives.

HomeFreeHome recruits volunteer architects and university students to design and complete renovations for people who have disabilities. An estimated 90 percent of homes in the U.S. are not handicap accessible.


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Ray Fantel, 5, was born with spinal muscular atrophy. He has defied the odds, despite not being able to crawl, stand up or walk.

Two years ago, the Fantel family was introduced to HomeFreeHome. Over six months, volunteers added a 600 square foot extension to the Fantel home, which includes a wheelchair accessible bathroom and Ray’s very own room.

Now, Ray even has a therapy room, where he virtually connects to his local kindergarten class and where he and his older brother, Ethan, can just be boys.


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