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A Functional Bathroom for Mr. Skeie

Meet Nelson Skeie, a 52-year-old man who lives in Portland, the city where he grew up. Until relatively recently, Mr. Skeie worked around the world; he spent over thirty years as a Physician’s Assistant, working regularly in the trauma surgery departments of many hospitals and teaching on this very occupation. After three decades of helping others […]

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Help Us Celebrate the Riordan Family’s New Bathroom with a Ribbon Cutting!

We’re celebrating the unveiling of a brand-new bathroom for the Riordan family this Saturday, February 22nd at 7924 North Albina Street and we hope you’ll join us! Here’s a bit of backstory on the family and what ReFIT and the amazing folks at  Hammer & Hand were able to accomplish for them together. From ReFIT Executive Director Laurey […]

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One little ramp makes a BIG difference!

An elderly couple live together in this home which has become increasingly difficult to navigate due to health challenges including dementia, cancer, arthritis and stroke. The wife, age 77, provides around the clock care for her husband so he can stay in their family home as long as possible… and she wouldn’t have it any other way. […]

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Wheelchair Ramp Installation in NE Portland

A Ramp Provides a Gateway to the World… A jolly 87 year old man lives with his daughter, who is his full time caregiver, in the home he purchased for his family over 50 years ago.  Due to complications of stroke, congestive heart failure, diabetes and hypertension, he now uses a walker to move around his […]

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Handicap Accessible Bathroom for 13 Year Old

Meet Maverick This courageous 13-year-old boy suffers from cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus. Despite having faced 49 neurosurgeries along with multiple muscular procedures during his short life, he attends school and participates with other students. He enjoys taking showers because the hot water soothes his muscles, but his mom is no longer able to lift him […]

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Door Ramps for Seniors Create Independence

Bob is a 75 year old retired veteran and a life long resident of North Portland.  His father built some of the first neighbor homes in North Portland in the 20s and 30s. Bob has survived tough times in battle where he was a prison of war and endured mental and physical trauma. Although he […]

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Opening Doors for Handicapped Man

Imagine not being able to get out of your house quickly in an emergency? For this 25 year-old Portland resident, being confined to a hospital bedmeans he rarely experienced life beyond the wall of his bedroom. His mom (who is also his caregiver) knew it was important that she be able to evacuate her son […]

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Wheelchair Accessible Home for Veteran

To make it possible for a disabled Veteran in a wheelchair to remain in her home, ReFIT: Widened doorways for wheelchair accessibility. Removed and replaced moldy, rotting flooring Installed wheelchair accessible washer and dryer. Cleared yard and shed of debris. Through a grant from Home Depot, their crew and the expertise of industry professionals, Jeff […]

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Handicap Access Ramp & Bath for Woman

For a Portland woman who suffered a spinal cord injury, just getting into the bathroom is a big deal. She will soon need a wheelchair to navigate her home. ReFIT volunteers built a new wheelchair-accessible ramp to her front door. They also enlarged and completely remodeled her bathroom, including the addition of a roll-in shower, […]

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A Ramp for a Wheelchair Makes a Difference

Joe, a Portland resident, suffers from emphysema.  He is only able to move around with the help of an electric scooter. Unfortunately, Joe was not able to enter his home directly from his driveway, due to a steep step-up at the back door that he was unable to negotiate in his scooter. ReFIT volunteers were […]

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