Kiwanis Club “Ramps” it up

Kiwanis Club and happy homeowner showcasing the newly built ramp

Kiwanis Club and happy homeowner showcasing the newly built ramp

Building the ramp

Building the ramp

Vicki Baker

Have you ever changed a person’s life in a single day? Ask the Kiwanis Club about good deeds and they’ll start talking about wood, tape measures and four-by-fours as they build ramps several times a year for the disabled or elderly.

On a referral from Hearts for Homes the Kiwanis Club received word that an elderly woman was in need of a ramp. The woman lived with her family in a small mobile home with six steps leading to her front door. Due to her chronic health conditions including daily dialysis for kidney failure and a recent stroke, climbing these stairs created a dangerous hazard.

In one day on March 21 this woman was given back a bit of independence; that’s because a ramp was built for her, free of charge. All the materials were donated by Hearts for Homes. After Bruce Walker designed and drew the building plans, the labor was supplied by a crew of Robson Ranch Kiwanians with saws, hammers and drills in hand. She now has the freedom to leave her home with greater safety, the home where she wanted to remain but whose stairs placed her in jeopardy for injury.

KCRR’s main goal is to provide a better quality of life through greater independence by taking a pile of lumber and turning it into the gift of mobility. The ramps mean one less obstacle to overcome.

Want to help break down some obstacles and improve the quality of life for those in need in your community? Then come join the Kiwanis Club RR on the first and third Fridays of the month at 8:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse. For more information contact Jim Galbraith at jisugalbraith@aol.com.