PCACS Starting Ramp Building Season, Ramp Recipients Sought

By: Porter County Aging and Community Services Last Updated: March 27, 2017

pcacs-rampPorter County Aging and Community Services is launching a new season of its ramp program.

The agency is seeking Porter County individuals who need assistance accessing their homes due to mobility issues. Renters must have permission from the homeowner to have a ramp installed.

“Last season, we had the opportunity to build a dozen ramps in our community,” said Bruce Lindner, PCACS executive director. “An anonymous donor continuously provides funding for ramp materials. This year, additional funds have been provided so we look to impact even more lives.”

Members of the Chicago UAW/Ford Community Service Ramp Project team will again offer their skills to construct ramps throughout the season.

Chicago UAW/Ford Community Service Project Manager Jeff Hall said the team is looking forward to another productive year working with PCACS and the United Way of Porter County.

“Thanks to the awesome support from the UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles and Ford Motor Company Vice President Bill Dirkson our team will be building more ramps for the residents of Porter County,” he said. “Our goal is to empower people with disabilities to maintain an independent lifestyle with greater mobility by building them a temporary wheelchair ramp on their home.

“UAW/Ford Community Services and PCACS create an excellent partnership for people with mobility issues. PCACS does a fantastic job at matching our talents with the needs of the people in the community. And our team really enjoys giving back to the communities where our UAW brothers and sisters work and live in.”

While those facing financial challenges will be given priority, all community members are welcome to apply for ramp assistance.

“We will work with community members to determine if we can provide some sort of assistance through our ramp program depending on their financial situation,” Lindner said. “Having a ramp can help individuals overcome a barrier that truly hinders their lives. We look forward to creating that bridge between their homes and the outside world for those who are in need.”

Those interested in being the recipient of a ramp should contact Lindner via phone at (219) 465-7144 or via email at bhlindner@portercountyacs.org

PCACS’ mission is to extend a helping hand to seniors, those with disabilities and low-income residents by providing services to improve their quality of life, including transportation, nutrition programs, energy assistance and activity centers.

For more information, visit www.portercountyacs.org