Helping Homebound Heroes - August

July 29, 2019

“My disability made it difficult to get in and out of the tub.  I used to fall a lot,” says 62-year-old David Moore of Dimebox, Texas.

Mr. Moore, who served in the U.S. Army from the mid-1970’s through the early 80’s, was critically injured when the military vehicle he was driving plunged off of a cliff in Germany where he was stationed at the time.  Rescuers didn’t find him until the next day.  By that time, he had spent more than 24-hours in freezing temperatures.

After being transported to a hospital, doctors told him he might very well lose his feet and both hands due to frostbite.  Fortunately, that wasn’t the case.

More than three decades later however, he’s still in pain from his injuries.  On top of that, he suffered a stroke a few years ago, and now takes 13 different medications every day. Bathing was a challenge for him because the home he shares with his wife Jacqueline lacked a walk-in shower.

But thanks to Meals on Wheels Central Texas (MOWCTX) and the Home Depot Foundation (HDF), all of that has changed.  Funding graciously provided by HDF allowed MOWCTX’s Home Repair Program to install a walk-in shower that Mr. Moore can safely and easily access.

“You don’t know how much I appreciate this,” he says of the repairs.  I didn’t have that kind of money (to pay for the work).”

When asked what the new walk-in shower means to him, Mr. Moore replies “my independence.”