Zoe's Race 2013!

We have begun work on this years projects for Zoe's Race, currently doing the design and planning work in preparation for the construction.  We feel proud and fortunate to be involved with this effort every year:  the whole Zoe's Race team is fabulous, the organization is really well run and collectively we are all making a big difference in our community.  On top of that, the actual fund-raising run is great fun as well.  This year's run will be on August 25 (Sunday morning) at Oakledge Park in Burlington.  Bring the kids, have a fun run, eat great food, get involved, support this effort!  More updates to come.  Here's a link to the website:  http://zoesrace.com zoes-race-logo-rgb-296x300

Zoe's Race 2012

A reminder to all:  Zoe's Race will take place on Sunday, August 26.  This is a fun event for people of all ages and raises money for a great cause.  CBD has been actively involved with Zoe's Race from the beginning.  The event itself is a 1k and 5k run in Burlington, followed by a feast of great food and entertainment.  As it says on the website (www.zoesrace.com), "HowardCenter’s “Zoe’s Race” is a 1K fun run and 5K race to raise funds for Vermont families who are in need of creating accessible homes for their children. In its first year, the race had incredible community support and raised over $13,000. “Zoe’s Race” was also awarded a $5,000 grant from the Brenner Foundation. To date, over $60,000 has been raised to help remodel homes for local families." Here's a link to an article that appeared recently in kidsvt: "Beyond Handicapped Accessible"

Zoe's Race

Christian Brown Design is actively involved with Zoe's Race, "making homes accessible".  Erika Nestor, along with the Howard Center, has organized this annual race in honor of her daughter Zoe.  Proceeds from this race will be used to make homes in Chittendon County accessible for families with children who are physically-challenged .  All applications for this money are processed through the Howard Center. We are currently working to help manage the application and construction process.  All applications for project funding from the first year's proceeds are in.  We have visited the homes, talked with the families and are in the process of reviewing these applications with two local builders who have offered to donate their time, Mark Bonser and Mark Boudreau.  Construction of these first projects will take place this spring.  At the same time, we are helping to coordinate this summer's race which will be held on August 29, at Oakledge Park in Burlington.

Zoe's Race

Thanks to Tim Johnson of the Burlington Free Press for the well-written article about the Nestor renovation project (Cliff Street Project) and the first annual Zoe's Race.  Erika Nestor, along with the Howard Center, has organized what will be an annual fund-raising run to benefit families with disabled children in Vermont who need to make renovations to their houses.  Participation in the first run exceeded Erika's expectations and suggests that this will continue to be a great event for years to come. One of the aspects of this project of which I am particularly proud is that the house functions very well for the specific needs of Zoe and the whole Nestor family without appearing to be accessible.  As Tim Johnson writes in his article:

"At some point as Erika and David Nestor contemplated the daunting renovations their house would require to become accessible and fully functional for their disable child, they decided they really didn't want an elevator.  And the more Erika thougt about it, the more she realized she didn't want her remodeled house to be stamped "handicapped accessible."

And it isn't...."It was an aesthetic thing for me," Erika said.  "It doesn't have to look like a hospital to work."

The Nestors have high praise for their architect, Christian Brown of Jericho, who came up with various options, and for the builder, TrueNorth Construction.  Brown said his aim was to propose renovations that were both "aesthetically rewarding" and "uniquely suited to the functional requirements" of the family."

Shown below is an image of the first floor bedroom suite in what was formerly the garage.  The new stained concrete slab has radiant floor heat, and the large windows and skylight fill the space with warm sunlight.