A ramp for the Jackson family was our first pilot project. Jim and Lisa Jackson’s daughter Glorianna was born with spina bifida and has no feeling in her lower legs. She’s now 5 years old and is an energetic, smart little girl who urgently needed a new accessible entry to get out and explore the world.
HomeFreeHome volunteer architects designed the ramp and deck. Prepared the construction documents. Helped the family apply for a permit and get a variance.HomeFreeHome also helped with raising funds for construction by holding a garage sale.
In July of 2008 HFH volunteers started construction on the ramp for the Jackson family. Thank you to Chris Suhovsky and the crew from CJ Construction of Kings Park for the concrete foundation work.
Our intrepid team of volunteers worked on the framing every weekend through the heat of August! Following the direction of master carpenters, Deke Hasson and Rich Faustman, volunteers Chris and Paul Shaklis, Richard and Amelia Box and others joined homeowner Jim Jackson in framing construction. Special thank you to Affordable Portable Ramps for the traction plywood. Also, thanks to Home Depot for discount on materials. The finished ramp looks great and adds value to their home. Glorianna is enjoying using it and has become an expert at racing her wheelchair up and down !