The Issue: Unsafe Environments for People with Limited Mobility
Ms. McCollum loves a lot in life: her children, her grandchildren, her great grandchildren, her dogs, and being outside. But 2013 was tough for her. She developed breathing problems that made it prohibitively difficult for her to even climb the few stairs that led to her front door. So Ms. McCollum spent much of the year indoors and had to struggle getting in and out of the house when leaving for her doctor appointments. For people such as Ms. McCollum risks can be hidden in their homes—the stairs, bathtubs, and front porch all present opportunities for injury. Yet in just one day a small group of volunteers working with ReWiGo Ministries constructed a ramp with handrails so Ms. McCollum could enter and exit her house as she pleased.
The Campaign: Building Handicap Accessible Ramps in Homes
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by ReWiGo Ministries to increase home accessibility for underserved people with limited mobility. For every $800 raised, the organization can build one handicap-accessible ramp for a home in the Greenville, Anderson, Pickens, or Oconee area. Having a ramp at the front door makes it easier for people with limited mobility to access medical help, enjoy a higher quality of life, and find work, while also improving the lives of caretakers.
When mobility is limited, a person's home isn't always a sanctuary. Leaking roofs, unstable floors, even the mere presence of stairs can all be obstacles that render a home unsafe for the people living in it. But the team at ReWiGo Ministries sees how those obstacles impact well-being. It organizes volunteers from local community groups to help elderly people and people with disabilities maintain mobility in their homes. To do this, they build wheelchair ramps and safety railings that make it easier to get in and out of their houses and make it possible to support themselves in the bathroom. Volunteers also perform emergency home repairs that range from fixing a leaky toilet to re-roofing a home. In 2013 alone, the organization managed to improve the living environments for 62 families, or 250 people.