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June 2016

Local builders enhance mobility for 37 Rampathon recipients

Rampathon Participants: Tenhulzen, WinnView, and Prestige Residential ConstructionSetting a new record, volunteers from the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties gave the gift of mobility to 37 local families this year through the organization's Rampathon project.

Now in its 23rd year, the annual day of service helps low-income individuals with disabilities improve their ability to get into and out of their homes the addition of wheelchair ramps, compliments of volunteers and donors. This year's recipients included a homeless community, a 95-year-old veteran of World War II, and a 6-year-old victim of abusive head trauma.

Since 1993, members and friends of the Master Builder Association have built 370 ramps, an achievement made possible with more than $1.7 million of in-kind donations. The one-day event to help local residents become more mobile and independent is held each year during May. Applications to be considered for a free wheelchair ramp are available in January and February.

Among this year's donors was WinnView, which captured drone views of some of the projects.

Colby's Ramp in Algona
Built by Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau (PLIB) of Federal Way

Colby, now 6, was injured when he was nine months old by an abusive babysitter who couldn't cope with his crying. The Algona resident suffered a traumatic brain injury and is confined to a wheelchair. Family members now devote themselves to educating caregivers and new parents about the effects of frustrated behaviors. The PLIB is an accredited non-profit inspection and certification agency for the lumber industry.

Ramp for Nickelsville Tiny House Village, an encampment in Seattle's Central District
Builder: Sawhorse Revolution

This ramp provides access to bathroom and shower facilities for disabled individuals at this village, which provides safe space and transitional services to people experiencing homelessness. Sawhorse Revolution is a nonprofit organization that works with Seattle-area high school students "to nurture confident, community-oriented youth through the power of carpentry and craft. Working with a collation of organizations, Sawhorse Revolution helped create Seattle's first tiny house village. Students work under the tutelage of mentors, professional builders, architects and cross-disciplinary educators to hone a widely applicable skill set, along with opportunities for character development and abilities to engage and improve their communities.

Ramp for WWII Veteran and Seattle resident Hideyoshi Horikawa
Builder: Carlisle Classic Homes

Hideyoshi Horikawa has hemiparesis, a weakness of the entire left side of the body. The affliction involves his upper and lower extremities, and are largely the result of a gunshot wound and frostbite this U.S. Army veteran suffered during WWII service in Europe. Before receiving the ramp, this 95-year-old Seattle resident depended on his wife (his primary caregiver) and Tri-Med services to enter and exit his home.