Ramp It Up builds more than 50 wheelchair ramps for residents

By Kelly McCarthy

July 30, 2013 Updated Jul 31, 2013 at 12:10 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A volunteer program gives the gift of mobility to local residents struggling with limited access.

Faith in Action's Ramp It Up program has built more than 50 wheelchair ramps since 2009 at no charge to the homeowners.

It's organized by the Broome County Council of Churches. The latest ramp was built on Victoria Street in Johnson City.

Until Tuesday, Mary Grogan's son could not leave the house without her help. Her son, Bob Gould, would have to get out of his wheelchair and sit on the front steps, then lift himself one step at a time.

"I won't have to depend on someone to take me to work anymore," Gould said. "I can start riding the bus again and just get out of the house by myself, which is a safety concern also."

Grogan said the application process was simple, but it took years before Faith in Action approved the request.

"We were on the waiting list for two years," Grogan said, "And we got the call about two weeks ago that they were going to do it. So we're so thankful of them."

The average cost of a wheelchair ramp is $1,500. The Ramp It Up program is able to build about 12 ramps a year, but receives more than 40 applications annually.

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