Ramp 374 (Maria)

Chester, VA

Lia Artis
Doriana Delbridge
Amaya Jackson
Michael Lyne
Jonathan Newby
Carly Norman
Elias Salgado
Lea Salgado
Lily Tran
Lindsay Corbett
Jessica Harris
Jay Swedenborg

William, a disabled veteran, is the main caregiver for his wife, Maria.  Maria suffered a series of strokes last year, forcing her to use a wheelchair.  This ramp will make it easier for this couple to enjoy sitting on the front porch together, as well as help them get safely to doctor appointments and visits out of the house.
Thank you to our LC Bird Interact Club for their efforts to ensure this family can get safely into and out of their home. Additional appreciation to Jessica Harris, faculty adviser, for joining us on the build.  Extra appreciation goes to Jay Swedenborg of Communities in School Chesterfield.  Both Jay and Mark James, who thoughtfully brought us donuts, are members of the Rotary Club of South Richmond, which supports our efforts, too.  We were fortunate to have Rob …



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.’”

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.