Mandy's New Room

December 20, 2001 - PRAISE THE LORD! Mandy's new room is finished and she is now living in it. What a major major blessing.   It was barely a year ago when the initial planning took place and here it is - a reality. Thank you to all the volunteers and especially to the anonymous gentleman who donated the materials and crew to make this happen.   Click here to see a few pictures of the inside.

December 8, 2001 - A crew headed by Jim Daley descended on the Bradshaw home this morning and painted the entire exterior. In just a few hours (and several donuts, pizzas and Pepsi) the job was done and the house looked great. Thanks to all who rolled and brushed and helped make this such a blessing for Mandy and her family.

The room is due to receive its new wood flooring Monday, December 10 since the moisture level of the concrete should be low enough.  See pictures of the room as it was today along with some pictures of the painting party.

December 2, 2001 - Almost there! The floor needs to be laid, outside painting, and a few other touches and Mandy will be ready to move in.  There are several furnishings and supplies that are needed - more info and some pictures soon.

November 14 , 2001 - After some slow progress due to many circumstances, there is a push to finish up the room now. Drywall is finished and remaining tasks are scheduled to happen quickly.   There is hope that the room will be completely done and ready for Mandy to move in by Christmas!   Praise God for the generous time and resources provided for this need.

September 24, 2001 - The room is nearing completion. They should be doing the drywall this week - the room has windows and a door. Pam says they are hoping to be able to have a screen patio so Mandy can sit outside a lot more; it will be very easy to get her there if it's right off of her new room.

July 26 , 2001 - The trusses are on and await the plywood and roofing materials to "top it off".  And finally - some pictures of the progress. (Trusses aren't shown in pics yet.)

June 18 , 2001 - The foundation is poured and the walls are up! A lot has happened in the last month. Pictures will be here soon showing some of the progress.

May 5, 2001 - The plumber has finished his prelimanary work so as soon as his work is inspected next week, they can pour the concrete and things should start moving along faster!

April 9, 2001 - The dirt has been dug up and the site has been marked.  The septic tank should be started this week.

March 28, 2001 - Even though there hasn't been any news posted here on the room in a while, there has been a lot going on in preparation. The contractor has been dealing with the agencies-that-be to get permits and approvals and finally has a green light to get started.

People are needed to remove a fence so the heavy equipment can get into the backyard. This will happen either Saturday or Sunday (March 31 or April 1).   Contact Jim Capobianco right away if you can help.

November 28, 2000 - Mandy's New Room Team met again to firm up plans for the upcoming addition to the Bradshaw home. Bud Abt is the contact person for anyone wishing to donate building materials or is a licensed professional subcontractor desiring to contribute their services. Jim Capobianco is the contact person for anyone else wanting to donate time to help with various phases of construction (painting, cleaning up, etc.).

See the proposed floorplan.

November 21, 2000 - A Northland member, who is a general contractor, has contacted us in response to this need. He wishes to remain anonymous, but shares that he is being led by God to oversee this entire project from beginning to end - praise the Lord!

We still need folks to contribute their time and talents with the construction phases, as well as donating materials and general financial support. Please contact us at

Since Mandy came home from the hospital last year, she has lived in the front room of their home. What used to be the living room is now Mandy's bedroom, dayroom, and therapy room. Her specialty bed, therapy table and dresser leave little room for anything else.

An idea was presented to Rick and Pam that would be a solution to several challenges - a small addition to the back of their home. An architect has engaged in preliminary planning and has drawn up blueprints for a 400+ square foot room that would connect to their bedroom. The benefits of adding this room for Mandy include:

  • Mandy will be right by their room allowing Rick to sleep in his own bed instead of on the therapy table at night.
  • With an outside walk and entrance to this room, volunteers can come and go without having to go through the dining area and kitchen. This keeps the traffic down in this area and allows the family more privacy.
  • The room will be designed with Mandy's needs in mind and will have the space and features to better care for her.
  • There will be two large windows for Mandy to see outside.