Wheelchair Ramp #28, 4 Nov 2017
The Wheelchair Ramp Team of Messiah Lutheran Church conducted another successful ramp build today. This ongoing ministry of Messiah Lutheran Church is conducted in partnership with CASA of Madison County to build fully functional and safe ramps for those in need. This was the 28th ramp built by the Messiah Team.
So a funny thing happened. When we arrived at our build site, the porta potty that we rented had a lock on the door. Our team was not about to be deterred by something as mundane as a padlock. Out came the power tools and off came the lock. Problem solved.
Next we had to remove the old stairs outside of the home. These stairs were very unsafe and the owner had fallen several times and was unable to enter and exit his home. This situation is exactly the reason our ministry exists. We help people get in and out of their homes safely.
Next we began assembling the wheelchair ramp. The materials for these ramps are provided by CASA which stands for Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound. CASA is a non-profit agency located in Huntsville, Alabama that provides services to individuals age 60 and older and to the homebound (wheelchair and bed bound) of all ages since 1979. CASA’s mission is to provide needed services to aging/homebound individuals that allow them to remain at home and age in place. Our programs are designed to enable the elderly and homebound to maintain their independence, dignity, health and safety by providing services that specifically address their special physical and emotional needs.
There is lots of cutting involved, but our team of experienced carpenters and tradesmen made this job look easy.
Everyone on the team has a job. Measuring, Carrying, Cutting, Assembling, and Inspecting. There are plenty of jobs to do and the team is always looking for new members to enjoy spend a Saturday Morning in fellowship while helping out members of our community.
The Messiah Lutheran Church ramp team is one of the many teams in the greater Huntsville area that support CASA by providing teams to assemble the ramps at the client’s homes. If you would like to participate in a future wheelchair ramp build, please contact the Messiah Lutheran Church Office at 256-721-0041.
In short order, the project was complete and we were ready to take a group photo. Our client and neighbor was very happy with the results of our labor. And we were very happy because we provided one more of our neighbors with a safe means to enter and exit their home.
Here are some additional photos from today’s build.