(Wednesday, September 25, 2013) – It is a major misconception that the RAMP organization builds ramp. However, because our goal is independence for individuals with disabilities, we often arrange for them to be built using various community resources. The Home Builders Association of the Greater Rockford Area donated their time and materials last Saturday, September 21st to build a ramp for a woman who was unable to get out of her home on her own because of her physical limitations. With the help of the following volunteers: Gary Oehlberg, Gary Oehlberg Construction Co. Inc.; Ron Beard, Ron Beard Custom Building; Kevin Flosi, Flosi Construction; Brad VanderHayden, Advance Chimney Systems; Ken Hausvick, Briarwood Builders; Kerry Lopin, Rosewood Kitchen and Bath and Dennis Sweeney, Home Builders Association of Rockford. In addition Menards discounted their materials. The Home Builders Association gave someone back their independence by building a permanent ramp onto her home.
Dennis Sweeney, Executive Vice President of the Home Builders Association states, “We are happy to partner with a great organization like RAMP because they have the experience and responsibility in determining someone with a true need. Gary Oehlberg, President of the Home Builders Association, and owner of Oehlberg Construction is a strong supporter of RAMP. We are happy to donate our time and materials to help someone out.”
RAMP’s Executive Director Julie Bosma said, “RAMP was grateful to be the conduit between the family needing the ramp and the Rockford Homebuilders generously offering to build one. When that kind of connection is made and community support is leveraged, it is pure adrenaline to the work we do every day!”
The daughter of the ramp recipient, Cheryl Lester, shared, “We are just so profoundly grateful for what they are doing for our mother. Because of her disabilities, I am unable to help her out of the house, even when she needs to go to medical appointments. I would have to plan for 2 or 3 people to help her down the stairs. And if there was ever an emergency and she needed to get out of the house we are not sure what she would have done. And just the simple pleasure of her being able to get out and enjoy her yard again is wonderful.” Lester went on to express her gratitude, “I am learning that caring for elderly parents is quite an expense. We are just everyday people and we don’t take this for granted – we are blessed.”