Second Accessibility Repair Completed
Habitat Cabarrus recently completed its second accessibility repair utilizing funding from the R.L. Mace Universal Design Institute. This project for the Bell family, included deconstruction of the current ramp which as not built to code, with a new ramp which now allows for easier access to and from the home.
This project was brought to our attention by Cabarrus County EMS who responded to a call at the residence and had difficulty safely using the existing ramp because of the steep slope. This is a great example of Cabarrus County agencies working together for the benefit of citizens in need.
This work was coordinated by Dan Barrier, a part time Habitat Cabarrus construction supervisor who is focused on repair projects. Dan was assisted by four Habitat volunteers - Charles Harding, Paul Jordan, Paul Meyer and Bob White.
Rebecca Bell noted that this ramp was so important to the family since her daughter, Kristy, could not leave the house using the previous ramp as it was unsafe. Ms. Bell said "the new ramp is beautiful and now allows Kristy to leave the house. We all feel so blessed by Habitat and the work done by the men who helped build the new ramp for us. There is no way we could have afforded to have a ramp like this built without Habitat's help".
We are thankful for this funding opportunity and to Dan and our volunteers for their great work on this project.
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.