The Round Rock home of Annie Jones Colson, 81, and her son, Earl Colson, 58, needs a lot of work, inside and out.

More than anything else, however, the modest, one-story home desperately begs for a new bathroom for Earl, who is mostly using a wheelchair after a stroke five years ago.

Home renovators at Simply Sold will be helping the family.

“We are gifting them with an upgraded bathroom,” said Ashley Wainscott, CEO of Simply Sold. “We are doing the whole project from start to finish: plans, permits and the work. We can’t wait for them to see the final reveal. It's going to be spectacular!”

The Colson family is part of the Statesman's Season for Caring program, which helps hundreds of families each year through local nonprofit agencies. The Colson family was nominated by AGE of Central Texas.

Retired from a career working mostly in area high-tech factories. Annie has spent much of her life caring for others. Now she cannot keep up with the care for Earl, whose multiple medical conditions make it hard for the once accomplished and active man to do some of the simplest things.

Other family members chip in, but the house — with its narrow doors and hallways — complicates their loving devotion for Earl. Annie’s niece, Cheryl Reese, helps a lot. She picks up medicine and shops for groceries. Annie's sister, Cordia Hill, does what she can as well. Yet they live many miles away in Bastrop and East Austin respectively.

“The story of the Colson family spoke to us,” Wainscott said. “With a close family member taking care of both Annie and Earl, and the physical stresses Earl has endured, they need a space that is conducive to some of the obstacles they face daily. The little things we take for granted are not easy for them. Knowing that we have the tools to make their lives easier inspired me to act, to do something. It is not every day that I can use my business to help our community, but when we have the opportunity, we will show up, all hands on deck."

Wainscott estimates the project will cost between $5,000 and $7,000, depending on the finalized details. She plans to open the wall between the bedroom and hall bath so it is easily accessible with a wheelchair, and to make the sink more accessible and the toilet easier to use.

“We will upgrade the space to be as functional as possible," Wainscott said. They plan on drawing plans in the coming weeks and to submit the project for permitting with the hope of starting construction in January.

The Colsons still need more home and yard repairs, part-time caretaking for Earl, store cards and breaks for the longtime family caregivers. To find out more about the Colson family, contact AGE of Central Texas, 512-451-4611, ageofcentraltx.org.

The Colsons are not the only Season for Caring family in need of major home repairs. Charles and Debra Simpson live in a mobile home in Cedar Creek that was damaged by flooding three years ago. Debra, 67, is in a wheelchair from a car accident and Charles, 77, has congestive heart failure. They need major electrical, plumbing and flooring work. They were nominated by Hospice Austin, 512-342-4700, hospiceaustin.org.

The Gomez family needs help making a downstairs game room and half-bathroom into a full bathroom and bedroom. Michael Gomez, 52, lost both of his legs from diabetes complications and is on kidney dialysis. He is using a garden hose in the garage as his shower. The family also needs a wheelchair ramp from the house to the garage. They were nominated by Meals on Wheels of Central Texas, 512-476-6325, mealsonwheelscentraltexas.org.

Kevin Duroy, 39, wants to rebuild his family's life after the death of his wife, Trish, to cervical cancer in June by building a new home on a piece of land. He needs an architect, and help setting electric, septic and a driveway. He was nominated by Wonders & Worries, 512-329-5757, wondersandworries.org.


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