After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Floral Park, NY elementary teacher Josephine Klein has had to rely on a cane or wheelchair to get around her home. With no handicap accessible exits, her family worried that should an emergency happen, Josephine would be unable to get out of the home on her own.
Here’s where George Oliphant and his team of designers come to the rescue. George turns the Klein’s backyard into a beautiful oasis, equipped with a handicap lift to allow for easy accessibility in and out of the home. Of course, one of the sweetest touches George adds to the space are the terracotta pots, painted by each child in Mrs. Klein’s class, which he incorporates seamlessly into the design of the new patio.
True to form, Josephine expresses her gratitude to George not for coming to her rescue, but for the rescue of her family: “While you may be thinking you’re rescuing me, I think you’re rescuing the whole family. I had no idea they worried so much.” And Mr. Klein is most thankful for bringing his wife’s independence back. “You’ve given her freedom,” he says.
When asked what Home Sweet Home means to her, Josephine Klein puts it perfectly when she says that home is “the place where you feel most peaceful.” We hope she enjoys this new tranquil backyard oasis.
A heartwarming story for a very deserving family, click here to view the complete segment of George to the Rescue.
Welcome home, Mrs. Klein!