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ROP boys build wheelchair ramp for Indian Hills seniors

Staff reports

Two senior citizens in the Indian Hills area are happy with a wheelchair ramp installed at their home by three boys from Rite of Passage.

The wheelchair ramp was designed by the ROP construction teacher Shannon Gardner, and the ramp was built by Jesse, Juan and Don at the ROP shop in Yerington.

Josephine Hazen and Ruth Robatto needed the ramp for access to their home, but the cost would have been prohibitive for them, Gardner said.

“Copeland Lumber donated a little bit of materials, and the ladies paid for the balance,” Gardner said.

The labor was donated by ROP.

“They got a top quality ramp for a very good price. It would probably have cost about $800, and the ramp cost them about $300,” Gardner said.

“We’re interested in being involved in community service projects,” Gardner added. “We’re always keeping an eye for that kind of thing. We’re not in a position to pay for materials, but we can provide time and labor, no problem.”

The ramp was built to OSHA standards. The boys took three days to build the ramp in the shop and installed it Aug. 5.

The boys were proud of their work, Gardner said.

“They were thoroughly satisfied. They were proud of their work,” he said. “They did an outstanding job. About 2:30 in the afternoon, we realized we’d have to hustle to get it done, and they really came through and put in a lot of extra effort.”

Mary Cole of the homemaking division for the state department of aging services coordinated the effort between ROP and the senior citizens.

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