Fiona is almost 90 years old and knows that moving around isn't going to get any easier. She loves to get out and look around her neighborhood shes been in for years. One day she realized getting down her front steps was nearly impossible for fear of falling down - that's when Fiona and her caretaker contacted RTC for a homeowners application.
One of RTC's goals is to allow seniors to age in place and we realized that Fiona would be trapped in her house and eventually moved out and into assisted living. We took action with a volunteer group of skilled and unskilled workers to build her a wheelchair ramp. Every day Fiona would sit and talk to the volunteers about her life, kids and also about those in her neighborhood. Each day Fiona's caretaker would stop by to drop off a meal and was amazed at how much progress the small team was making, especially since the majority were learning the carpentry skill!
When the ramp was finished mid-day, the team stayed and visited with her. One of the unskilled workers told her that they learned a skill that week that they would have never had the opportunity to otherwise. When more stories were shared about how helping her impacted their lives, Fiona just broke down with tears of joy. She never believed that asking and receiving help could impact other peoples lives besides her own. With the help of a small team of volunteers, RTC was able to give Fiona the opportunity to stay in her home for many years to come.