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 31st ramp built by the Messiah Team.
We really lucked out on the weather today. It has rained for at least the last 6 Saturdays, and rain is predicted for tomorrow. Today though? Today we had perfect ramp building weather. Today the Lord smiled upon our mission to make the world just a little bit easier for our neighbors.
Our recipe for a successful ramp build:
- One of our neighbors who needs a little help getting into and out of their home.
- Material provided by our community partner CASA of Madison County.
- Our dedicated, talented, (and just a little bit wacky) team of craftsmen.
- Our Lord’s grace to protect us, provide us strength, and guide our hands.
- Get together for fellowship, drink lots of coffee, tell many stories with varying degrees of veracity.
- Travel to the work location using planes, trains and automobiles.
- Show off your new tools.
- Build a really nice ramp using talents provided by God.
- Take a group photo.
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.
CASA builds wheelchair ramps for needy individuals regardless of income or age and at no cost to the client. Wheelchair ramps provide CASA clients the mobility necessary for safely entering and leaving their homes, while promoting a sense of independence and freedom and access to the outside world. Each ramp is custom designed for each client and built by CASA volunteers. By providing wheelchair ramps, we are providing our clients with the knowledge that there are people in the community who truly care about their well-being.
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 who enjoy spending a Saturday morning in fellowship while helping out members of our community. No special skills are needed.
Sometimes you have to take a moment to thank the Lord for the opportunity to swing a sledge hammer while strengthening our bodies.
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.