Ramp 401 (Starnell)

Chesterfield, VA

Dirk Stout
Ray Price
Susan Stout
Ashton Blankenship
Aidan Blankenship
Camryn Breedlove
Larry Wampler
Richard Moore

Starnell is in his late 50’s and lives on his own.  He has had two strokes, three heart attacks, and is blind due to a detached retina on one side, and diabetic retinopathy on the other.  The house he lives in was his mother’s, and the ramp he is using was built for his mother after her stroke about 30 years ago. The ramp is too sleep, slippery in the rain, and gives him splinters. Our partners from Tomahawk Baptist Church removed the old ramp and took it to the dump, landscaped, swept, fixed a soffit, and hung a shutter, and most importantly, built a new, safe ramp which will not give Starnell splinters!
Thank you to our volunteers from Tomahawk Baptist Church, we love partnering with you.



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.

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!

“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.’”