Ramp 263

Build Date 7/10/2015 Client Paula Location Richmond, VA Builders Emma Silverman Jack West Catherine DeVoe Claire Mendelson Grant Gorsline Lexie Weber Story Paula is a 50 year old woman who lives alone.  She has had a stroke, has circulation issues and other health issues as well.  She has missed doctor appointments because she cannot get safely in and out of the home.  She looks forward to getting outside and going to the grocery store. A ramp allows her to attend doctor’s appointments on a regular basis (she’s missed appointments).  She was thoroughly pleased to meet our builders from CSEI. Special thanks to our driver, Karen West, and our on-site supervisor, Susan Revere.



“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 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.
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.