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Summary of 2013 Wheelchair Ramp Projects

RTOC Community volunteers make life easier for disabled Oakland County homeowners


EmersonSt July Pontiac

This ramp project has been very ambitious and fruitful. The program outperformed the original expectations. During the three month period of October, November and December we were able to complete nine ramps with the help of grant funds, and other donations.

RTOC volunteers achieved a great deal of outcomes in a short amount of time.

We were able gather homeowner information and verify the need for a project in six different communities. We utilized a “mobile team” approach developed specifically for this project. Using this method, a volunteer team went to each of the homes to meet with the homeowner. While at the home, they assessed needs and determined income eligibility. Following the visit a referral was made to the project manager who met with individual teams to design the ramp layout. Each ramp was custom designed in order to best address homeowner’s needs and fit with the layout of his or her home. The RTOC project manager worked with the municipality to receive permits and authorization for the design and installation. Volunteer teams were secured after receiving authorization to proceed by the municipalities.

Seven teams volunteered to provide service and build the ramps. Teams included three professional building companies who provided pro bono labor and installation. Three Church teams and two student teams also helped with two ramp projects. A local veterans group and Home Depot helped by providing volunteers and in kind materials for the projects.

In addition to the funding you generously donated, RTOC secured over $10,000 of volunteer labor and in-kind materials to maximize the resources you provided!

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Audrey and Norman Brown of Highland Twp, Michigan

  • The Brown's Story

    Highland VFW

    Audrey (84) and Norman Brown (86) have lived in their home for over 25 years. As they age, they would like to stay in their home for as long as possible. However, Mr. Brown is now wheelchair bound and Mrs. Brown is using a walker and wheelchair to get around.

    Knowing of their plight, the local Veterans Association made a request to RTOC to help this family. Volunteer labor and in-kind materials were provided by the Veterans Association. Kirt Rushlow and Son’s Construction crew help with design and installation.