Group adjustments Hoosier lives by constructing ramps for the disabled

INDIANAPOLIS – The Servants at Work (SAWs) Group’s mission is to improve the lives of Hoosiers by building ramps.

SAWs is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that is committed to helping people with walking disabilities get out of their homes safely.

The ramps are free for the recipient and are built by local volunteers. The materials are financed by donations.

“Our mission is to provide ADA-compliant wooden wheelchair ramps,” said Bob Richmond, SAW executive director. “The need is just incredible. We build around 230 to 250 ramps across the country every year. “

One of the recipients of the ramp is Gloria, who suffers from health problems that require the use of a walking aid. Gloria was unable to leave her home until SAW volunteers came to the rescue.

“That’s freedom for me,” said Gloria. “I haven’t gotten out of this house really well in four years.”

SAWs was founded in 2003. Since then, working with Rehab Medical, they have changed the lives of thousands.

“You see the customer come down the ramp for the first time, it’s humiliating, it’s utterly humiliating,” said Richmond.

Gloria’s ramp was number 100. This summer the group will build number 3,000.

“God bless my angels,” said Gloria when she first saw her ramp.

Working with donations only, SAWS deals with the same timber price issue that affects buyers across the country and pays more than double that to build ramps.

Click here to reach SAWs to make a donation or if you want to build a ramp.

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