Building Hope for Kids


Building Hope for Kids, led by Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Construction, is a Phantoms Charities project that provides a pediatric patient with a home renovation in order to improve that child’s overall health outcomes and quality of life. In previous years, Phantoms Charities renovated at home for a teen with cystic fibrosis, a middle school student with spina bifida, Twins born prematurely at 23-weeks with cerebral palsy, and a high school patient with cancer.


In the 2018-2019 season project every aspect of the home was touched – the roof, windows, three bedrooms, kitchen, two bathrooms, family room, living room, dining room, front porch, and basement. The renovation of the Martes family home in Allentown, PA provided 15-year old Jamuel with a safe, clean, and comfortable home throughout his cancer treatments.

“Now I don’t have to worry about anything.  Jamuel is safe, he feels safe, and the renovations are good for his health!” – Kathy Martes, mother

The 5th Building Hope for Kids project will be for the Barlow family of Allentown, PA in Lehigh County. This large family of 16 includes brothers, Takoda and Dallas, both whom have muscular dystrophy. A first-floor bedroom and ADA compliant bathroom will provide the brother was space to grow with independence and safety.


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