May 09, 2011

Contact: Amy Hewes
Cal Poly Engineering

Cal Poly’s Annual Poly House Will Renovate Home of Disabled Teenager

For the past seven years, Cal Poly's industrial and manufacturing engineering project management class has completed a home renovation service project to help a local family or individual struggling with issues related to disabilities.

Cal Poly’s Annual Poly House Will Renovate Home of Disabled Teenager

This year, the PolyHouse team will renovate the Shandon home of fifteen-year-old Jacob Slattery and his parents. Born with a severe form of Spina Bifida, Jacob has paralysis from mid-chest down and has been confined to a wheelchair since the age of two. Over his lifetime, Jacob has endured twelve major surgeries and countless hospitalizations. He also confronts far reaching impacts from osteoporosis and hydrocephalus, which greatly affects executive functioning skills. For Jacob, daily living tasks require constant prompting and a great measure of assisted care.

The goal of the PolyHouse team is to improve the safety and comfort of Jacob's home and to encourage his future independence. The renovation plan includes extending the house to add a room and accessible bathroom for Jacob, and other changes that will help the family manage his daily medical needs.  

The project involves 38 students from a wide variety of majors, including industrial engineering, engineering management, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, business, and agriculture. The class spends six weeks planning the project, and has a fund raising goal of $100,000, including donations of cash, building materials and other assistance for the repairs and home improvements. Actual construction will be completed over two weekends: May 13, 14, 15, and May 20, 21, 22.

The PolyHouse team plans to unveil the renovated home at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.

For a complete list of local donors and to read more about PolyHouse, visit http://www.polyhouse.org/index.html.

Note to the press: If you would like to visit the site to cover the work in progress or the project unveiling, contact Mary McNally in the Cal Poly Public Affairs Office at 805-756-5160 or mmcnally@calpoly.edu for the address.

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Mechanical Engineering
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The university has student-run TV and radio stations, sports clubs, a beautiful recreational center, and one of the best student-led community service programs. Participating in Student Community Services gave me the chance to help the homeless, senior citizens, and children. I also learned valuable leadership skills that will benefit me for the rest of my life.