Ramp 389 (Edelmira)

Richmond, VA

Sarina DePalma
Steve Hickman
Sarah Robins
Shaan Sharma
Shreya Sharma
Anya Sood

Edelmira is a 50-year-old who recently underwent a below the knee amputation.  She lives with her mother, who is also her caregiver.  Both individuals will benefit from having safe means into and out of their home as Edelmira goes to follow-up doctor and therapy appointments.
Special thanks are extended to Steve Hickman and Dave Headly of Collegiate School, and to Mike Dowd, RAMPS Board Member for their support.



“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.’”

This was my second RAMPS build and once again I loved it. After just a couple hours of hard work and a little problem solving, we changed someone’s life significantly. It feels amazing to help someone just leave their house with ease. Every day I step out of my house and it’s as simple as that, but for these people it takes a lot of effort – and I love how with just a few helping hands, we can fix that! Go RAMPS!

Monday’s build was just another example of the fantastic character of the people who receive our ramps. The clients were so patient and appreciative of our service and made sure to let us know how pleased they were with their new ramp. Working with RAMPS is about working with the people. Without seeing the direct impact that our time and energy makes on their lives, our hard work wouldn’t be worth it. I continue to build for RAMPS because I know that these people who are less fortunate than I am need my help to have a better quality of life.