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Harrison City church group is offering free wheelchair ramps

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

A volunteer group at Community United Methodist Church is embarking on a project to install free outdoor wheelchair ramps for those in the region who need them.

About 15 church members are signed up to build and install treated-wood ramps that are designed to specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act, said Rob Liermann, one of the volunteers with the Ramps of Hope ministry.

Each ramp will be prebuilt in modular sections that will be transported to a home and mounted in one day.

“It keeps people mobile, it allows them to live at home and keeps them from being prisoners in their own home,” Liermann said.

The Harrison City church group is seeking its first recipient but isn't restricting itself to residents in the Penn-Trafford School District.

“We're willing to cross those boundaries into the rest of Westmoreland County,” Liermann said.

The ramp program is an extension of the work by other United Methodist churches in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The church is footing the bill for the materials, so the recipients won't have to pay anything. Also, recipients aren't required to be affiliated with the church.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671.

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