Michael and his story truly impressed me. He is very accomplished and leads a full and active life. In fact, Michael was a member of the National Honor Society in high school (how many of us have that claim to fame?) and has a certificate in horticulture from a nearby college. He loves to get out there and work in the yard, tinker with the truck his grandfather gave him and enjoys playing with his nieces and nephews.
Michael has Cerebral Palsy and is a quadriplegic. He has overcome tremendous obstacles in his life and continues to do so every day. Michael has built a community of friends and supporters online and engages with the outside world on many different levels - and all by the use of a "head mouse" which enables him to break through his physical limitations.
Virginia and her family have faced some very difficult times. In fact, several years back their main vehicle was stolen out of their driveway. It was later found - burned beyond repair. Their story ended up being published in the local newspaper and people took notice. In fact, Jupiter Chevrolet came to their rescue in 2001 by presenting them with a brand new van that was fitted to accommodate their needs. Their prayers were answered that day.
On Saturday, their prayers were answered once again. Though they had a ramp for many years, it was in severe disrepair. When a social worker told them about The Dallas Ramp Project they called right away. A few days later we came out to survey their house and the build was planned.
On a hot July morning a group of about ten young men from the Trinity Christian Academy, along with Peter, one of our skilled veteran team leaders, came out to help. They were eager to learn and focused on their task. It was a big project but well worth it. Carson, one of the young volunteers, told me that it was rewarding to help give people the freedom they deserve.
This one new ramp will be used by three members of the household. One family's life has been changed - their prayers answered once again - all thanks to our generous volunteers and loyal supporters.