BY RICK SCHULTE
When Chris Pesta read about a family in real need of a solution that their business could help provide, it took no time for him to realize he had to get involved.
The Miracle family of Rockwood was in desperate need of a paved driveway for 32-year-old Justin Miracle. He has been confined to a wheelchair since suffering a heart attack three years ago. Justin already needed to attend various appointments for cerebral palsy, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and other health challenges.
However, as Pesta read in a post in the Facebook group “Downriver and Friends,” the effort it took to get Justin down the gravel driveway in his wheelchair was huge.
“It touched my heart,” said Pesta, owner of Grosse Ile-based Classic Construction. “We’re a family business and reading about this, it touched me. Justin gets really nervous when he has to go out. He has three or four appointments a week he goes to, and having to get out there on the gravel, he’d get very nervous. And it’s especially hard in the winter, because you can’t shovel gravel. So we knew we had to do something about it.”
A 150-square-foot concrete path was created to accommodate the wheelchair, accessible from a ramp from the residence. Classic Construction was able to tackle the job in December, just before the weather began to get harsh. And the job was able to get done, with a little help from Pesta’s friends.
“It took us two days to do it,” he said. “A lot of times, people in our business get a bad rap. But this was a chance to show there are some good guys in the business and they came through for us. Perez (Concrete and Remodeling, Taylor) came out, and Messina Concrete (Flat Rock), they turned on the concrete for us. And as it turned out, it turned out to be a perfect day in December to pour.”
The Miracle family also got some much-needed help earlier in the year from another local contractor, when Tittle Brothers Construction, Southgate, created a wheelchair ramp and deck. Justin is under the care of his older brother Marc and his wife, Lori. Marc adopted Justin after their parents were murdered nearly 20 years ago.
The two-day project was completed just a few days before Christmas; in essence, a “present” the family greatly appreciated.
“They were very happy,” Pesta said. “I met Marc when we were doing the work. It was pretty emotional. He shook my hand and said you don’t know how much easier it’ll make it for us. It was our pleasure to help. You surround yourself with good people and are able to do some good things.”