Rebuilding a home for the Fritz Family
Team Member: John Lunn
In the spring of 2014, a friend at St. Thomas More asked me to join him at the Fritz house for a work day. At that time the project included removing flooring, patching and texturing walls, and painting. The Fritz family had moved into a grandparents' house so that the work could get done more easily. As their collective health improved while away from the house, it became obvious that the house was a source of their problems.
So, I volunteered to act as the general contractor in order to get the project moving and get the family back into their home. So far, in search of the toxic sources, we have removed the drywall (containing asbestos), insulation, flooring, and partial sub flooring. We continue to find possible problems and correct them. Soon, we will be able to start building with the tremendous help of subcontractors and suppliers who have reduced their prices or are working for free.
The Fritzes have served the Church in youth ministry for the past 8 years. They have three young children with serious chronic medical conditions including autism, eosinophilic esophagitis, and immune, gastrointestinal, and respiratory illnesses.
They devote an enormous amount of time, money, and physical and emotional energy to caring for their children's needs, including therapies, medicines, and specialized diets. Their current out‐of‐pocket medical expenses are crippling, and they are physically, emotionally, and financially exhausted.
In April it was discovered that the Fritz home has mold which is seriously aggravating the children's medical problems. They immediately moved to a temporary location and have seen a major reduction in symptoms, and hospital visits, and a dramatic improvement in the children's quality of life.
Our goal is to renovate the home to make it safe for their family. Due to the extensive mold, everything will need to be replaced. They need to hire contractors immediately, and need the funds to do so.
The Fritzes have made so many personal sacrifices in order to serve families and teens through their work in youth ministry. Please consider giving back to them and their children in their time of need with a donation of any size!