Ramp 324 (Dorothea)

Build Date 11/28/2016 Client Dorothea Location Chesterfield, VA Builders Julia Mitchell Tana Mardian Sarah Robins Shreya Sharma Freddie Saint Daniel Patterson Story Dorothea is 78 and lives with her 55-year-old daughter.  Dorothea has COPD and is on dialysis three times a week.  Her new 16-foot ramp will make life much easier as she and her caregivers transition down to street level for the care-van. Our Collegiate crew did a great job troubleshooting different aspects of today’s build.  Now two County residents can safely get in and out of their homes.  Shout out to our Collegiate bus driver, Bill (who declined to be in our photo – but helped out nonetheless!)



I was very excited to go on a build, though I didn’t have the slightest idea what one would be like, so I volunteered as soon as Dr. H sent out the email about the first build opportunity. I had no idea how much fun I would have on the build, or how gratifying it would be to see the look of deep appreciation and relief on the faces of the elderly recipients of the ramps. I distinctly remember watching the daughter of one of the elderly women we built a ramp for holding back tears as she watched her mother leave her house under her own power for the first time in months. It was a humbling experience.
“Meeting all of you was so wonderful. Everyone was so happy and seemed just as excited about building the ramp as I was having it built for me…I’ve only had my ramp a few days and it has made getting in and out of my house so much easier. I no longer have to let my son lift me up each step. I can go out and not be worried about how I will get back inside…So, from the bottom of my heart I say, ‘Thank you.'”
I have had a deep connection with RAMPS since the first time I heard of the club and what it does. My Grandmother was stuck in her home for many months before she passed away. Even though she had a wheelchair and could use it very well outside of her house she could not move down the steps in order to get outside of the house.