Springfield Man Gains Independence Through Helping Hands


SPRINGFIELD, Mo — Just a couple weeks ago, Perry Posey was an 81 year old Springfield resident that had difficulty getting in and out of his home. However this story isn’t about the feet that fail him, but rather the hands that help.

After 55 years of constructing buildings and a future, chronicled hands are forced to a cane.

“It’s kind of different because I was always in there with my saw and my nail gun myself!,” said Perry Posey.  

Age, he will soon soon be 82, and medical conditions force him to lumber through life; at times, unable to access his home.

These stairs present a challenge. Servitude is providing the solution.

Eric Cote is leading the project.”The smile on their face when this is all over is why you do it.”

“I’ve been doing a lot of things for a lot of people, but nobody appreciates it more than someone that can’t get it out of their house, and you just gave them a way out. It’s freedom.”

The Southwest Center for Independent Living represents just one of 4 organizations working together to change lives. Realtors Helping People, and the Council of Churches of the Ozarks are insuring that Perry doesn’t pony up a penny for his new stairs.

A variety of grants and donations typically allow the same for many seniors around Springfield.

Cox College is providing the volunteers, including Brandon Welsh: a 1st year Occupational Therapy Student.

“This project gives people the ability to get outside, and to be a part of society. This allows them to get back to a normal life, or whatever is normal for them.”

Which for Perry, is standing on the material that laid his foundation.

If you or a loved one needs assistance like this, contact the Southwest Center for Independent Living and they can point you in the right direction. 

If you wish to help, you can always volunteer, but private donations typically make the most impact.

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