For those with limited mobility, leaving the house can be a major to-do. Often, getting out the door can mean climbing up and down a number of stairs, and for disabled or elderly individuals, a set of stairs can be a brick wall.
Fortunately, the Texas Ramp Project (TRP) has stepped in to organize volunteer teams to build access ramps for those in need across the state. The TRP is a volunteer-staffed, 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-denominational, and non-governmental organization that has built nearly 13,000 ramps since launching in 1985. RS&H associate Brian Nazarian recognized how worthy their cause was, and saw an opportunity to help.
So, on a sunny Saturday in May, Brian gathered a group of RS&H associates and their families to make mobility happen. In approximately 10 hours, the group removed the old wooden structure and constructed a brand new, fully-attached entry ramp from start to finish.
It was certainly an excellent experience to help someone in need; meanwhile, parents were able to teach their children invaluable life lessons like the importance of volunteering, the fundamentals of using tools, and the value of working as a team.
However, this was not Brian’s first time working with the Texas Ramp Project. In fact, he and his son, Wolfgang, have worked on so many ramps that they are both able to teach others – Brian leading the adults and Wolfgang leading the kids of the crew. Although, it was no coincidence that the RS&H team was relatively adept at building.
Needless to say, the owner was incredibly thankful for the team’s help and she was happy to join them in a picture with her loyal four-legged companion, who was also happy to have the new ramp.
For more information on the Texas Ramp Project and how you and your company can help, visit www.texasramps.org.
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