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2021 Volunteers of the Year

2 men with white hair, both wearing blue shirts, smiling.

We presented our Volunteer of the Year award at the ADA Celebration in July. This year’s Volunteer of the Year was awarded to two brothers, Brad and Dale Dyksterhouse, from Westwood Christian Reformed Church in Kalamazoo.

Brad and Dale have brought a great deal of talent, energy and commitment to the Ramp Up program over the past three years. During this time, they have built 23 ramps in seven of the eight counties we serve. They have also generously shared their knowledge and guidance in the training of three new building groups for our Ramp Up program. The brothers work closely with Jeff Monroe and Jack Westra on the ramp builds, as well as Ashley from the Pro Desk at Home Depot in Plainwell.

We appreciate Brad & Dale for their gifts of meticulous craftsmanship, work ethic, the grace they show even when building in less-than-ideal conditions, as well as their kindness and sense of humor.