Chattanooga city employees help disabled coworker build dream home

Sidney McDonald sits in front of his new home. (Image: WTVC)

City of Chattanooga employees helped one of their own, Saturday morning, as a disabled coworker prepares to move in to a new home.

Sidney McDonald works as the greeter at city hall. He has cerebral palsy and has been in a wheelchair for decades.

Habitat for Humanity, along with McCallie students, Rivermont Presbyterian Church, and the city of Chattanooga have all pitched in to build Sidney's dream home.

McDonald's coworkers from the Mayor's office stopped by to help him with landscaping.

Mayor Andy Berke says he's known Sidney for years and that he's an inspiration.

"Sidney is somebody I've seen go from being at Patton Towers to his own apartment and now his own home," Berke said.

David Butler with Habitat for Humanity says the house in Highland Park was made specifically to suit Sidney's needs.

"His bathroom he can roll right into in his wheelchair under the counter. He's got a roll in shower, some of the cabinets in the kitchen are lower so he has access to them," Butler said.

Sidney describes the house as a dream come true.

He's worked several jobs and has worked his way out of a life of poverty.

Now, he's excited to take on the title of homeowner.

"I've always been a fighter. a go-getter and I've always been told 'couldn't do this' or 'couldn't do that' and I refuse against that. My grandma always told me as long as you believe in Jesus and yourself you can do anything you want to do," McDonald said.

Habitat for Humanity says they will dedicate the house to McDonald next Saturday.

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