cheerful woman in wheelchair on rampCheryl is a 50 year old woman who has fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis and lives alone. She uses a walker for short distances inside her house and a wheelchair when out of her home. For over a year Cheryl has required assistance getting in and out of her home and could only get down her steps by sitting down and moving down each step. She gets help from her family and other caregivers but was unable to leave her home independently. Disability Network Southwest Michigan’s Ramp Up program changed all this for Cheryl!

Recently we coordinated a ramp build by volunteers from the First United Methodist Church Youth Group in Kalamazoo using funds from our Ramp Up program and a grant from United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region. Cheryl can now come and go from her home independently and with dignity. Cheryl was so grateful for her new ramp, she said, “This is the most excited I have been since the birth of my son!”

You can help provide independence to someone in our community with a RAMP-A-THON donation! Ramp-a-Thon supports our Ramp Up program which builds or purchases ramps for people with mobility disabilities in Southwest Michigan. Ramps are expensive and many of the people who need them most are on a fixed income. The dollars needed for materials and labor to build or install ramps presents a barrier to people with disabilities trying to live independently at home and be part of their community.

No donation is too big or too small! Please use the button below to make your on-line donation or contact Kristen Potts (269-345-1516 x119) in our Kalamazoo office for other donation methods.