Ramp 339 (Bobby and Gloria)

Richmond, VA

Megan Angstadt
Michael Caddell
Hannah DeFrank
Erin McDonald
Sam Mireles
Edwin Rodriguez
Ben Rothrock
Matt Wease
Jeff Arnold
Slade Heathcott

Mr. Averette was a medic in the Army.  His service was mostly conducted stateside in the Pittsburgh Area.  He has spine issues and two bad shoulders.  His wife has Parkinson’s and is in a wheelchair all the time.  This ramp will benefit them both on a daily basis.  This duo was delighted to meet our fantastic Richmond Flying Squirrels build team (see last year’s build here) who worked hard to mulch, paint, rake, weed, and conduct general clean-up.
Thank you to everyone who made this build possible and extra thanks to RAMPS Board Member, Jim Dowd, who helped oversee our awesome volunteers.



“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 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.

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.