Wheelchair ramp completed with cooperation of local church, VIM and UMCOR

Conway ramp 6Members and staff of First United Methodist Church Conway recently coordinated efforts toward the construction of a wheelchair ramp for Sandra and Kenneth Griffin of Conway.

When the church learned of the need, Kenneth had been in rehabilitation and was due home in just a few days. There was no way to get him in and out of his home in his wheelchair. The church’s mission committee agreed to find a way to fund the need, and partnered with a team from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to build the ramp.

Byron Mann, Arkansas Conference Volunteers In Mission (VIM) coordinator, went to the Griffins’ home to evaluate the job. He determined that their existing deck could not support a wheelchair ramp, so the group built a ramp and a deck. Over the course of two days, a group from Christian Aid Ministries of Berlin, Ohio, a fellow member with UMCOR in the Interfaith and Partners Disaster Recovery Alliance, tore down the existing deck and built a wheelchair ramp and new deck with steps on two sides.

Since the ramp’s completion, Kenneth has been back in the hospital to have his leg amputated above the knee due to complications from diabetes.

“The porch and ramp have been a Godsend,” said Sandra Griffin. “It has allowed me to get him in and out to his doctors’ appointments, and if we didn’t have it, his problem with his leg wouldn’t have been caught.”

—submitted by Colleen Holt