One Resourceful Client
All of that being said, Thomas is certainly not "old school" when it comes to technology. In fact, Thomas keeps up with one of his grandchildren who is attending college in North Carolina via his web cam. He emails regularly, pays all of his bills online and is the one that everyone comes to when their computers aren't working.
Thomas relies on his computer to help him do some of the things that he used to take for granted - like going to the bank. Thomas suffered a stroke in October, 2005 which severely affected his right side. Since then, Thomas has difficulty getting around. He gets dizzy when he stands up and can hardly get down the steps off of his front porch. He really can't rely on his manual wheelchair once he gets out of the house because he doesn't have the strength to maneuver himself around. Though he used to rely on Dallas' Dart Paratransit Services to take him to his doctor's appointments and to the grocery store, lately he feels more and more like a prisoner in his own home.
Determined to regain his mobility one way or another, Thomas successfully secured a motorized power wheel chair which would be custom built for his measurements. Not surprisingly, Thomas researched wheel chair ramps on the Internet. They were all too expensive. So, one day back in October, Thomas called 211 and asked if they knew of any organizations that built ramps free of charge. The operator had heard about the Dallas Ramp Project and gave him the number. Thomas called the Dallas Ramp Project and was told that there were 100 ramps to be built ahead of his. Though anxious to have it built, Thomas knew it would be worth the wait.
As it turns out, Thomas didn't have to wait too long. Just six weeks later and just two weeks before his new chair was due to arrive, Thomas got the call he was waiting for - the Dallas Ramp Project was going to set up a build at his home just one weekend shy of Christmas.
So, on an unusually warm and bright day in December an eager team from Grace Community Church, as well as two veteran and experienced builders, came out to build Thomas a ramp so that he can get out and enjoy life again. Thomas is looking forward to seeing movies, browsing at the mall, strolling through the park and seeing his family - all thanks to the Dallas Ramp Project.