VFW Men’s Auxiliary, Kiwanis partner on project to help elderly woman
By Karen Brainard
With the work of two service clubs in Ramona, an elderly resident will now be able to get in and out of her apartment by herself.
On Saturday, members of the Kiwanis Club of Ramona and the Men’s Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783, along with employees of Day Construction donated their time to build an outdoor ramp at a Towne Center apartment in downtown Ramona.
“I think it’s absolutely going to be a blessing,” said Mary Caserta, standing in her doorway, using a crutch. The 74-year-old woman said she needs to use an electric wheelchair when she leaves her apartment but someone would have to carry it up and down the three steps to her door. The ramp will allow her go outside by herself, she said.
Kiwanis member Jim Cooper said he learned of Caserta’s need from fellow member Ellen Deuell. Kiwanis was looking for a service project, he said, so he took the lead and talked to Patrick Bell, president of the VFW Men’s Auxiliary and a Kiwanian, and they decided to make it a combined project.
Kiwanis donated the materials and Cooper received approval from the apartment manager. The ramp is temporary, he noted, so it can be removed in the future.
“It will serve her purpose with her wheelchair,” said Cooper. “It’s really just a great community project. It’s really an example of what the service clubs can do together.”
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