Accessibility Repairs Made Possible by R. L. Mace Universal Design Institute
Habitat Cabarrus management was made aware of a potential opportunity for funding of accessibility repairs in the Summer of 2017 through the R.L. Mace Universal Design institute. Following discussions, an agreement was signed in the Fall of 2017 to fund limited number of qualified accessibility repairs/improvements to be completed by May 2018.
The first funded improvement was completed in mid-February – an access ramp for Mattie of Concord. This work was coordinated by Dan Barrier, a part time Habitat Cabarrus construction supervisor who is focused on repair projects. Dan was assisted by three Habitat volunteers – Charles Harding, Paul Jordan and Paul Meyer.
This ramp was important to Mattie since she walks with a cane and had difficulty negotiating the six concrete steps leading to her front porch. It was something she had needed for some time but was unable to afford to have this work done on her own.
Mattie said “I just love the ramp. It is so nice not to have to go up and down those steps anymore. That was getting to be too much for me to do every day”. We are thankful for this funding opportunity and we are thrilled to have been able to assist Mattie with this needed improvement.