Woman thankful to receive home wheelchair ramp

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Wednesday morning, Rosalyn Simpson peeked out her front door to watch strangers change her life.

“It's a good thing,” Simpson said as she watched a crew with hammers, saws and a truck load of lumber build a wheelchair accessible ramp.  

Simpson spends most of her time indoors. Without a ramp, it's next to impossible for her to leave and run the most basic errands like going to the grocery store or the doctor’s office. That changed Wednesday. 

"It's a blessing. I've been waiting for it for a long time,” she said. 

Simpson needed a ramp, but didn't know where to turn.  She contacted Call for Action and we contacted Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City.

“When a project like this comes to light, we like to try and jump in and help the community in any way that we can,” Dana Bass with Habitat for Humanity said. 

Habitat contacted Ford UAW workers who started a program two years ago building ramps for those in need. It took them less than two hours to build the new ramp and Simpson wasted no time trying it out.  

"Makes we want to cry. Thank you, Jesus.  Thank you, guys,” she said to the volunteers. 

The UAW workers have built 150 of ramps for people in Kansas City. For them, watching the reaction never gets old.

"I can't imagine doing anything better than what we do,” UAW worker Kim Rowland said. 

To contact Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City, call 816-924-1096 or go to www.habitatkc.org. To learn more about the UAW ramp program, call 816-454-6333.

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