RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Goodsons say their dream came true when they got the home modification they needed to stay mobile and independent.
Tuesday, you met a senior couple with health issues. They needed a ramp. They connected with Project Homes by calling 12 and got help. When you see the ramp volunteers built for them, you'll be amazed.
Project Homes' reviewed property specs and conducted a final blueprint walk of the yard.
"It's gotta be a 60 foot ramp and every 25 feet you have to have a landing or else it's going to be a Disney ride," said Ginger Hawks with Project Homes, The Renew Crew.
As Harriet Goodson and husband, Claudis, wait with anticipation as if it's Christmas Eve, even though they already know a ramp is the gift they're getting tomorrow.
"Look at those steps. Whey! Lord have mercy," Claudis said.
The aging grandparents foresee tremendous benefits, less fear of falling, and best of all, the home modification means more time in their own home living independently.
13 employees of "Boehringer Ingelheim Chemicals" came out from behind their computers and picked up saws, hammers and power tools, as volunteers for "Project Homes" renew crew. In 8 hours, the dream team installed a ramp 58 feet long with resting platforms, for free.
"A miracle. This right here is an early Christmas gift. This is a blessing, because we don't have to climb the steps. All we have to do is walk up, turn, and walk up again right in the house. No problem what so ever," said Harriet.
"It literally changes their life. It's just as rewarding for our employees," said Jaime Belitz with Boehringer Ingelheim Chemicals. "Within hours we get to see the fruits of our labor. We get to see people's lives change."
"Boehringer Ingelheim" located in Petersburg is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. It paid for materials too, about $1300.
"They took pictures of all of us. We appreciate what they did. They did a wonderful job," said Claudis.
"The good part about it, we both can walk up together," said Harriet. "I was just looking at Channel 12 one day and they were talking about anyone that need a ramp, call this number. I called and here we are. We got it."
Here's the number Harriet referenced, to apply for home repairs or a wheelchair ramp: in the tri-cities, 804-732-3800. In Richmond, it's 804-233-2827.
There are also two websites you can go to: http://www.projecthomes.org/ and http://www.therenewcrew.org/
You can also contact them about becoming a volunteer. Employees at "B.I. Chemicals" are sponsoring another ramp, in the spring.
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