3 Ramps in 3 Days

Woohoo! Ramp-building marathon weekend was a success! Three new ramps were built by Tennison volunteers. Three homeowners regained the freedom to enter and exit their homes safely. A huge thank you to our wonderful volunteers who gave their time unselfishly to this important ministry in our community.

The first ramp benefited a woman with macular degeneration who was prone to falling on her porch steps. At the age of 83, another fall could be devastating. A crew of three volunteers provided a safe new way to leave her home and re-enter the world.

Our second ramp delighted a retired schoolteacher who was forced to miss her doctor appointments for fear she couldn’t climb the steep steps into her home. After falling a few times, she decided to simply withdraw into her house. Tennison volunteers changed that by building a big new ramp that she can navigate with her wheelchair. Her great grandson said, “Nan, I like your new bridge!” and she thought to herself, “That’s exactly what it is. A bridge over troubled waters.” She was delighted to make a donation to the church to help buy materials for someone else’s ramp.

The third and final wheelchair ramp of the building marathon was the biggest project with the greatest engineering challenges. In spite of threatening rain clouds, the crew built a 36 foot ramp in 2 1/2 hours. Steep steps won’t keep 79 year old Mr. Minter captive now!

If you would like to help build ramps in our community, contact the church office at admin@tennisonumc.org or 903.572.5341. You can also send donations to the church for lumber and hardware needed to construct ramps. The mailing address is Tennison Memorial United Methodist Church, PO Box 967, Mt. Pleasant TX 75456.

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