West Roxbury resident Barry Weiner is looking for any help he can get to support his three kids.
Weiner is a single father of three special boys. His oldest son Eddie, 19, has helped him take care of his younger twin sons, Dan and Andrew, 13, who each require special care. Andrew is blind and in a wheelchair with severe brain damage and has cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. Dan is legally blind with autism and also has a brain injury less severe than Andrew’s. He also has a seizure disorder.
“I have raised them almost alone for 13 years,” Weiner said. “Their mother got involved in drug abuse and had to be removed from the children and myself and still is not involved in their raising.”
Weiner and his children currently reside in their grandfather's house in West Roxbury off Grove Street. Weiner, a Brockton native, who has lived in West Roxbury for 13 years said he is very fortunate to live there, but said the home is very small and not handicap accessible for his son, Andy.
He is now
looking for the community’s help to raise $75,000 for an addition to the house so it is more accessible for his
children. The addition would
include two rooms that would include a handicapped bathroom and special space
where Andy can do exercise.
Weiner feels embarrassed to ask for help, but said he is a difficult time of need. The single father of three gave up his furniture delivery company which he ran for 26 years, to care for his kids who have experienced many hospitalizations for seizures, meningitis and surgery. Weiner’s mother and brother have also passed away and he doesn’t where to turn for support any more.
“I found it impossible to continue running my business and taking care of the children alone,” Weiner said. “I’m not the type of guy looking for free stuff. I’m just in a difficult situation.”
Weiner has spent much of his time and effort looking for help for his kids. He has submitted a video of his situation to the ABC show, Extreme Home Makeover, and although it was a finalist, he was not a winner.
The community has already raised over $4,600 for the additions to his home.“I’ll do whatever is necessary for my children,” Weiner said. “I got to take care of my kids. That’s my number one priority.”
To donate funds to Weiner, visit the donation page created by Gofundme.com.