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Giants of Generosity Helps Family Attain Long-Awaited Egress to Ramp for Disabled Clifton Teen

The Gomez family cuts the ribbon to celebrate the new wheelchair accessibility for their daughter, thanks to the efforts of Giants of Generosity. Credits: Giants of Generosity

Raquel Gomez of Clifton now has easier access to the outside world, thanks to the partnerships that Giants of Generosity, a Cresskill-based charitable organization, put together to help the disabled teen. The 19-year-old suffers from Friedreich’s Ataxia, a debilitating degenerative neuro-muscular disorder, and is confined to a wheelchair. A properly sized door was needed to provide egress to a wheelchair ramp, but it was not covered by insurance nor any social service program.

Trudi Gunsberg, a case manager at Special Child Health Services of Passaic County, contacted D. Jane Albanese, president of Giants of Generosity (3rd from left in photo), who put together a team to donate and install the special door. General contractors Chris Caputo of G and L Renovations in Cedar Grove (back row, center) and Austin Fanning of Austin Fanning Construction in Little Falls (back row, right in black shirt), who are also Giants of Generosity board members, installed the door and donated all the renovation work required to accommodate it. The door was donated by West Essex Building Supply in Verona and the lock was furnished by Benjamin Bros. True Value Hardware of Tenafly.

The delighted family cut the ribbon to the new door on September 21, 2016, with Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi (2nd from left) attending. With Anzaldi and Albanese are (front row, l. to r.) Raquel’s brother, Juan Carlos, Trudi Gunsberg, aide/interpreter, Evelyn Lizano, Raquel’s mother, Raquel Rodriguez, and Evan Ardelle, Giants of Generosity board member. In the back row with Caputo and Fanning are Giants of Generosity board member, Bettina Fowler and Chip Schneider from West Essex Building Supply.

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Giants of Generosity provides connections to valuable and necessary resources, assists with shelter and medical bills, and provides emergency-relief funding for people facing critical, life-altering situations and have nowhere else to turn. For more information about Giants of Generosity’s transformative work or to make a donation, visit





About Giants of Generosity 

Founded in 2007 by D. Jane Albanese, Giants of Generosity is a registered 501(C)3 organization based in Cresskill, N.J. whose mission is to provide emergency-relief funding to people experiencing critical, life-altering situations, and connect them with urgently needed resources. The non-profit works in four areas: disaster relief, medical/health care, shelter, and emergency financial aid; clients often have been turned away by local social service agencies, government programs, or lack a family or community support system. Giants of Generosity has helped more than 700 families and individuals to date. Details are at


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