Each day I climb a few steps to get in and out of my house. On the days when I feel especially energetic, like Fridays a little after 5:00 pm, I bound up the steps two-at-a-time. Navigating them is so routine that, despite often being preoccupied with my responsibilities at work, my plans for the weekend, and any other topic that requires my time and attention, I never even break stride. Many in our community are not as fortunate. For many family, friends, and neighbors, the challenges presented by those few steps change their lives; they make it difficult to make doctor’s appointments, to meet with friends, to go to work. These steps become insurmountable obstacles.
Earlier this month we met Maria, an Iowa City resident facing the challenges of an inaccessible home. Our Helping Hands crew built the ramp pictured below. The picture is evidence that Maria’s days of mindlessly climbing the stairs, or jumping up the stairs two-at-a-time, are forever in her past. But the picture also shows the future; one with better health, family reunions, and coffee with friends. We are happy to lend a hand to make these moments possible for Maria.
-Article written by Scott Hawes, IVHFH Helping Hands Program Manager
If you, or a loved one, could benefit from a ramp or aging in place modification, contact our office at (319)337-8949 for more information about Helping Hands.
Our Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
A world where everyone has
a decent place to live.
- Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
- Focus on shelter.
- Advocate for affordable housing.
- Promote dignity and hope.
- Support sustainable and transformative development.
We welcome all who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live. Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize.
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