Six Days, Six Ramps

While many people use six days to go on vacation, others change lives.

Jeanette Strickland can no longer get around like she used to. That's why a handful of volunteers spent their day building a wheelchair ramp.

Jeanette says, "Freedom! I can get out in the yard and get up and see my neighbors."

The program is called Six Days, Six Ramps and it's designed to help persons with disabilities who have no other means to pay for a ramp.

Many of the volunteers out here have a personal connection to the task at hand. Not only are they helping someone in the community, but they are helping themselves.

Cherly Dennis, who volunteers with Americorps Tallahassee, said, "I have a son in a wheelchair, so I'm sorry, so I understand how important it is and we get so much more out of it."

Alex Brown added, "I think what I'm doing out here and what everyone is doing out here is we're trying to connect with the community with people with disabilities."

It may look like a pile of wood and nails to many, but for one grateful woman it is the
Road to freedom.

Six Days, Six Ramps is in its fourth year of building wheelchair ramps in Tallahassee. The program has expanded. This year the ramps are also being built in Gainesville and Pensacola.