April 14, 2024

The Wildwood United Methodist Church in Magnolia, Texas, reached out to our Technical Coaching Supervisor, Billy Viars, realizing that our {hardware} may just assist their efforts to construct wheelchair ramps for folks in want who have been not able to come up with the money for them. Wildwood UMC volunteers were development charitable ramps in Sir Bernard Law County since 2019, however the emerging value of lumber has strained their assets. Simpson Sturdy-Tie has stepped in to assist via offering {hardware} for this motive. Pay attention from Robert Tonti, ramp program coordinator at Wildwood as he discusses the desire for those wheelchair ramps. 

Wildwood United Methodist Church in Magnolia, Texas

Our Wildwood church workforce has constructed 3 wheelchair ramps to this point this 12 months, one in March and two in June. We’re grateful to Simpson Sturdy-Tie now not just for their donation of {hardware} for those tasks, but in addition for his or her fast reaction to our solicitation. Probably the most ramps used to be an emergency for the reason that shopper used to be coming house from the health facility in a wheelchair for the primary time on June 3, and not using a protected approach to go into his space. Offering a ramp on this case used to be particularly essential to us in my view for the reason that ramp used to be for the uncle of one among our church custodians.  The ramp had to be in position with just one week’s realize for survey, design, procurement and development—the entirety.

Strong-Drive® DWP WOOD SS Screw
Sturdy-Force® DWP WOOD SS Screw

Our church Neighborhood Help Ministry funded the lumber for the ramp, and Simpson Sturdy-Tie donated 15 lb. of deck screws. This integrated a 5 lb. field of three 1/2″ T25-head deck screws, a 5 lb. field of 2 1/2″ T25 deck screws and a 5 lb. field of one 5/8″ T25 deck screws. Due to Dan Scullion at Simpson Sturdy-Tie, the screws arrived simply in time! We were given the wheelchair ramp finished simply two hours ahead of the customer returned house from the health facility.

Built Wheelchair Ramp
Constructed Wheelchair Ramp

Development of wheelchair ramps is an ongoing want reputedly now not met via any governmental systems or medical health insurance. The retail value of an American citizens with Disabilities Act-compliant ramp is just past the monetary capacity of many people who want one. Time allowing, there are non-public donors running in the course of the Texas Ramp Undertaking (TRP), a statewide nonprofit group, to whom our Wildwood Church and plenty of volunteer teams throughout Texas can practice for monetary assist completely for ramps–however finances are restricted and don’t stretch a ways sufficient.  

Americans with Disabilities Act ADA
American citizens with Disabilities Act ADA

Ramps constructed via a TRP software are submitted via clinical staff and/or social staff for the advantage of purchasers who’ve each clinical necessity and fiscal want. As an example, the ramp pictured beneath used to be constructed via Wildwood volunteers in March for a nurse caregiver to assist her aged mom. She merely may just now not get her mom out and in of the home with out a ramp. Simpson Sturdy-Tie supplied the 15 lb. of screws wanted, and TRP funded the lumber. 

Ella standing on the newly built wheelchair ramp
Ella status at the newly constructed wheelchair ramp

The following ramp (beneath), built June 14, 2022, with screws from Simpson Sturdy-Tie and lumber funded via our church and TRP, used to be for every other daughter-caregiver residing along with her aged mom who stuck pneumonia previous this 12 months and needed to be lifted down the steps via ambulance staff on an emergency name. As a result of there used to be no ramp, they’d now not up to now made even a regimen physician seek advice from, care that may perhaps have avoided the emergency. The daughter informed me, “We’re so thankful for the ramp and that I will now get my mother out and in of the home safely.”  

Almeda with her mother on the newly built wheelchair ramp
Almeda along with her mom at the newly constructed wheelchair ramp

There are a large number of mobility-afflicted sufferers in our communities, both trapped or feeling trapped of their houses, for loss of a ramp. They’re dialysis sufferers desiring common visits to clinics, the aged desiring to peer docs, amputees, or coincidence sufferers within the health facility not sure easy methods to get into their houses once they first come house in a wheelchair.     

We’re grateful to organizations like Texas Ramp Undertaking and Simpson Sturdy-Tie for offering  provides so our volunteers at Wildwood UMC and volunteer organizations throughout Texas can help those sufferers with their mobility and luxury.