Framingham veteran receives crucial home repairs thanks to Habitat for Humanity
FRAMINGHAM – He may not be on reality television, but disabled veteran Cezary Nalaskowski is receiving his own home makeover this month thanks to the Habitat for Humanity’s Critical Home Repair Program. Intended to help out veterans with physical and financial needs, Habitat for Humanity has selected the wheelchair-bound Nalaskowski to receive much-needed repairs to his home.
Volunteers began repairs a week ago by fixing up the roof, which was old and beginning to leak. Volunteers have also weather-proofed the siding of the house and fixed his cell phone. On Saturday they replaced an exterior door with one that is insulated, replaced damaged boards on his wheelchair ramp, and pressure-washed the ramp. Due to rain on Sunday, they will be returning next weekend to stain the ramp.
Nalaskowski learned about the program from his accountant, Alfred Adovasio, who filled out the application and took care of all the paperwork and phone calls needed to get the work done.
“I’ve got to give credit where credit is due,” Nalaskowski said. “He made the process so easy, it was effortless for me.”
Nalaskowski suffered a traumatic brain injury on May 13, 1993 while serving in the US Army. He doesn’t remember the incident, but says that he was told by witnesses that he had been sitting on the hood of a car while stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. The car began to move and he slipped off, falling under the tires of the vehicle. However, due to a rather unbelievable story that he then stood up and walked to the emergency room before being released and then later falling into a coma, Nalaskowski remains unsure of the true circumstances surrounding his injuries.
Unable to work, he keeps himself busy by playing soccer with an electric wheelchair and he is the founder of Abesnet, a non-profit organization that helps connect disabled veterans with support resources and partners with businesses to provide them with discounts.
“I’m unemployable, but I felt like I needed to be doing something,” Nalaskowski said. “I thought, why don’t I do something for the people who need it the most – my brothers and sisters in arms.”
Nalaskowski is dedicated to upholding the integrity of Abesnet, but unfortunately it has put him into financial difficulties. He says his money is drying up and unlike other non-profits that may take 20 cents for every donated dollar, he insists on giving 100 percent of all donations to the veterans he serves.
“My wife and my mother say, ‘why do you do this?'” he said. “My credit card is maxed out. But I started something and I’m going to finish it.”
To get involved with Abesnet, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thanks to the MetroWest Daily News for writing and posting this article. The original version can be found here: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20150726/news/150727310
By Brad Avery/Daily News Staff
Posted Jul. 26, 2015 at 8:04 PM
Updated Jul 27, 2015 at 10:40 AM
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