Unions sign on to help build injured Anderson soldier a handicap-accessible home

Anderson, IN.

An injured Anderson soldier is one step closer to getting a home that meets his needs.

Several unions have agreed to work together to build a home that is handicap accessible for Tim Senkowski.

The unions were contacted by The Path Home, a non-profit that is spearheading the effort.

Senkowski lost both of his legs and suffered numerous other injuries in an IED blast in Afghanistan last October.

"Everyone who has just stepped up to help is just wonderful," said Senkowski via Skype from his room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

"We're going to start making the big payments on the land. That's the big burden. There's about $55,000 that has to be paid on the land," said Bob Luenebrink with The Path Home.

Luenebrink said they are now halfway toward their financial goal after months of reaching out to the community and area businesses.

He was the one who reached out to Local 440 leaders who then contacted other unions, many of whom are working on the new Wishard Hospital in downtown Indianapolis.

At last check, 18 unions are now on board. They will donate their time and all of the materials necessary with the help of their contractors.

"Once we get the plans in hand, and they get ready to go, we'll line them up, get the schedule going, and the crafts will come in right after the other," said Mike Brooks with Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 440.

The hope is to begin construction in early spring if the Senkowski family has been able to pay for the land.

"What he needs is for him to know that we will never forget his sacrifices," said Luenebrink.

"This is amazing, and my family is just so thankful, and we appreciate every little bit," said Senkowski.

Senkowski's wife is in and out of a wheelchair, and they have two young sons, one of whom is autistic.

Since the tragedy, Senkowskis' parents have moved into the garage of their 800-square foot Anderson home to help out, but the family is not currently under one roof.

Senkowski's mother is staying at Walter Reed with Senkowski's youngest son because his wife has a debilitating condition, and the rest of the family is back in Anderson.

For more information, the Senkowski family has created a website, and they are in the process of creating their own non-profit.

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