Dave said the most rewarding moment for him was when Steve, using a prosthetic leg, was able to step into the new shower for the first time without any help.
"This was one of those situations in life that was meant to be," Dave said. "It was so obvious that they needed help."
His brother put it like this: "L.A. has been good to us. We just decided it was time for us to start giving back."
Both Schuelkes told me they intended to make similar gestures in the future, and said they hoped their example would inspire other tradespeople to behave likewise.
It's a nice thought. A business obviously can't make a regular habit out of swallowing expensive projects for the good of the community.
But if plumbers, electricians, contractors, mechanics and other skilled workers could find the wherewithal, every so often, to make a difference in someone's life, imagine what a gift that would be.
Heck, imagine the seriously good karma you'd be racking up if you were in a position to assist another person in this way.
There's so much in life that's hard or challenging or unfair. In the grand scheme of things, it takes relatively little to help others get by.
"Things like this just don't happen," Dorothy said. "They especially don't happen to us. The whole thing is like a fairy tale."