Helping Homebound Heroes - November

October 27, 2020

Vietnam Veteran Elester Williams’ service to his nation took a toll on his body.  Now 75-years old, Mr. Williams lives in constant pain.

He spent nearly ten years in the U.S. Army, including two tours of Vietnam where he was injured in 1971 and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal.

These days, Mr. Williams uses a cane or a walker to get around his East Austin home where he’s lived since 2003. Until recently, one room in the house proved particularly challenging for him. Because his back, knees and ankle all hurt and it was difficult for him to get in and out of his bathtub.

Fortunately, Meals on Wheels Central Texas Home Repair (MOWCTX), Meals on Wheels America and The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) were there to help. Using funds generously provided by THDF, MOWCTX removed the bathtub and installed a walk-in shower. But the assistance didn’t stop there. Workers also widened all of the doorways in the house and built a ramp leading up to the front door to accommodate a wheelchair if and when Mr. Williams needs to use one to navigate his home.

“It’s made a big difference,” Mr. Williams says. “The things they did for me are very helpful. I appreciate Meals on Wheels Central Texas and the Home Depot Foundation. They have served me very well.”