Making The Way, One Ramp At A Time 9/8/12
CBS 7 News Reporter
September 8, 2012
ODESSA, TX - The ABLE Center and The Texas Ramp Project are joining hands to build ramps for the disabled.
For 46- year-old David Salias, he says the medical choice to loose his leg and save his life was easy. But the struggle to get around after was more difficult than he expected.
"It's hard and I've fallen a bunch of times. Yesterday I fell off the stairs, because it's hard for me to go up here on one leg," said recent amputee David Salinas.
Salias can't work and depends on his son to get in and out of his house. But with the help of the ABLE Center and The Texas Ramp Project, he's one step closer to mobility.
"I'm glad that they are building the ramp, because you always fear that the house is going to catch on fire and you can't get out. Now it's going to be a lot easier for me to get out just in case of fire or something," said Salinas.
The organizations are building ramps for the disabled in west Texas and the cost is completely free.
"If they need it, if there's a need for the ramp we will build it ... If we have enough volunteers and donations," stated ABLE Center Specialist Tenchi Ybarra.
More than 100 families are on the waiting list. Specialists with the organizations say that with a shortage of volunteers, they are limited to how many they can help.
But this hasnít kept them from serving the community by taking it one ramp at a time.
The groups are currently building in Midland and Odessa. They say they want to expand to reach 17 counties in the west Texas area, with the help of more volunteers and community support.
The ABLE Center is in need of additional volunteers.
If you would like to help, call (432) 580-3439 or email them at email@example.com