Build Date 8/14/2005 Client Betty Location Richmond, VA Builders  Mike Dowd Coleman Wortham Gray Fain Story Betty was pleased to meet our Collegiate build team.  This is the ramp that started it all! “I would like to apologize for not responding sooner but I’ve been bad off sick to even write.  My thoughts on my ramp – superb.  It has been so helpful to me.  It makes it much, much easier to go in and out of my house.  I can ride out and go down the block.  Also, I can sit in my wheelchair on the ramp to catch fresh air, listen to the birds, etc.  It has helped me from not being stuck in the house.  I truly adore my ramp and wouldn’t have it any other way.  Thanks, R.A.M.P.S. for my ramp.” – Betty Thank you to RAMPS Board Member Jim Dowd for his support at this build location.



“Meeting all of you was so wonderful. Everyone was so happy and seemed just as excited about building the ramp as I was having it built for me…I’ve only had my ramp a few days and it has made getting in and out of my house so much easier. I no longer have to let my son lift me up each step. I can go out and not be worried about how I will get back inside…So, from the bottom of my heart I say, ‘Thank you.'”
I have had a deep connection with RAMPS since the first time I heard of the club and what it does. My Grandmother was stuck in her home for many months before she passed away. Even though she had a wheelchair and could use it very well outside of her house she could not move down the steps in order to get outside of the house.
I was very excited to go on a build, though I didn’t have the slightest idea what one would be like, so I volunteered as soon as Dr. H sent out the email about the first build opportunity. I had no idea how much fun I would have on the build, or how gratifying it would be to see the look of deep appreciation and relief on the faces of the elderly recipients of the ramps. I distinctly remember watching the daughter of one of the elderly women we built a ramp for holding back tears as she watched her mother leave her house under her own power for the first time in months. It was a humbling experience.