The Harry Project
Harry Lewis is 39 years old and has lived in the same house in Greenport all his life. He was born with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around. Harry graduated from Suffolk Community College in 1995 and works there as a student aid in the Student Support Services department.
His house is over 100 years old and in need of considerable repair, including a new roof, weatherization, structural reinforcement and an updated electrical system. For access, there is a wooden ramp at the front of the house. Harry lives on the ground floor, using the dining room as his bedroom. The old kitchen cabinets are too high to reach and cooking on the stove is hazardous.
Inside, the hallway and doorways are too narrow. Everyday, Harry has to hop out of his wheelchair and drag himself by his hands to get into the bathroom. The old bathroom has no modifications or grab bars, so it is very dangerous. Harry has to precariously balance himself on the edge of the tub to get in and out.
Since, his parents’ passing in 2009, Harry has lived alone and it is very important to him to be independent. However, his house as it is hazardous and unsafe. HomeFreeHome volunteer architect , Lise Thornberg is designing a new larger bathroom, with a roll-in shower.