The most commented on blog that I have ever written has to do with the work that Salem County’s Habitat For Humanity does with their ramp program. I continue to receive comments like the following:
“My Aunt lives in Church Point, Louisiana and she hasn’t left her trailer home in 7 weeks because her legs give out going down the steps. This alarms me because she can not go to her appointments, the grocery store or even enjoy the outdoors. She is on a fixed income and can’t afford the cost of building a ramp. I am her niece and I would like to help her, but I live in Michigan its hard to help her get a ramp. She is not able to come and go as she needs and it I hope someone is able to help me assist in helping her get the ramp she needs.”
Contrast the above with what is happening in Salem County, New Jersey.
Habitat’s Ramp program exists and thrives due to Patty and Debbie encouraging me to step up to fill a HUGE GAP in our County’s budget. Your generous donations to our ramp program means that we now have 30 metal ramps out serving those who can’t afford one. Be a Patty – live generously. PS Pat is on our building committee and Tyler is one of our volunteers!!!!
This program exists and flourishes because of people like the group in the picture above. The local, state and federal budgets do not include money for ramp programs that will improve the lives of individuals that need a ramp to live a full life. It would be great if government funding could become a reality, but it seems like the real answer is to encourage communities all over the country to step up and help raise money to build ramps.
If you know someone that is in need of a ramp, try to search all of the local resources available including Habitat for Humanity, but if the problem is money, consider becoming a volunteer and help someone improve their life by helping to raise money and / or help with the construction or installation of a ramp.