UPDATE 10/26/17 – The Pursley family is so much closer now to welcoming another foster child into their home.
Father of five and contractor Dan Myers is stepping up to the plate in a major way!
He and his crew from The Konstruct Group are going to bat for the nearly 10,000 children in state custody right now.
“You see that there is a loving home where they can come and be safe and have food [and] you try to make it happen,” Myers said. “If I have the know how and the resources and the personnel to make it happen, you want to make it happen.”
Remember, another contractor took off with the family's cash, delaying the project and keeping them from rescuing another child.
Since connecting Dan with the Pursleys, everything has changed!
Most importantly with the window and a ladder the room can now meet DHS guidelines, plus Dan added a few extra touches, like a cute toy box and a couple shelves.
You can tell the crew really poured their hearts into this project.
Dan’s wife goes into potential foster homes and reports to DHS making sure children are placed in safe homes and his crew superintendent, James Miller, was a foster child himself.
“I've been in good ones and bad ones,” James said. “Someone took their money. Basically what they did was take a kid's home [and] we were able to come in and help.”
Now it's onto paperwork and a home inspection before the child moves into their new room.
“It could be in 30 days,” Krista said. “It could be in a couple months, just depends on how quick the process happens.”
OKLAHOMA CITY - Stephen and Krista Pursley continue to open up their home and hearts to Oklahoma foster children.
“We have a good life,” Stephen said. “We have a nice house. We have the room.”
They've fostered 36 kids.
Now the family has the extra room to foster another child, except there's no window, so the space doesn't meet DHS guidelines.
“It's a DHS rule,” Krista said. “Yes and [the room must have] a fire ladder, route to escape in case of an emergency.”
They turned to a local contractor to build them a new window dormer.
The project was humming right along, until money changed hands.
The contractor and his crew cut a small hole in the wall, but haven't been back since.
“It was a 32 inch window right here and there was going to be a toy bench underneath and possibly bookshelves on each side,” Krista said.
The contractor tells the In Your Corner team he is taking caring of things, but fell behind after he fell ill.
He says he was forced to spend some of the Pursley's money on medical bills.
Here’s the thing, the more delays, the longer this foster family must delay rescuing a child in need.
While the contractor is coming up with the refund, we've connected the Pursleys with a second contractor, who is willing to work with them on the price and project.
We’ll keep you posted on the progress.