Pat’s Projects is a dedicated fund for home modifications within the Fred’s Footsteps organization. It honors the legacy of our founding Board of Directors member and cherished friend of Fred’s, Patrick B. Gillespie, Sr.


Patrick B. Gillespie, Sr. was a founding member of the Fred’s Footsteps Board of Directors, serving for over 17 years until his death on August 29, 2022. He was Fred DiBona’s dearest and most cherished friend who, together with his wife, Arlene, and their children, became one of our organization’s most dedicated supporters.

Pat was a longtime business manager for the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, former Pennsylvania state representative, and Army Vet. He forever changed the physical and economic landscape of the Philadelphia region.

Pat’s Projects supports home renovation and accessibility projects that provide safety and independence for children in our program.
  • Bathroom renovationsto improve accessibility with adaptations such as larger space and doorways, roll-in shower, grab bars, lowered sink, and other needs, all helping a child or young person receive the dignity of care in a safe and private environment, as well as improve the caregivers’ ability to help care for them.
  • Wheelchair ramps, lifts, and stair/chair glides to allow a child to safely enter and exit their home, securely move from upstairs to downstairs, and be more engaged in their living space and the outside world.
  • In-home equipment such as Hoyer lifts, ceiling track systems, and specialized beds for a child to be moved, and sleep safely in their home, and to assist their caregivers with these needs.

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