Client Stories

Ray

Meet Ray. He is a Vietnam veteran that was one of the top mathematicians during the war, who helped with the creation of the computer. He was very active in his local VFW hall and a true leader. Unfortunately, he has come down with many different disabling conditions from his service. Having an accessible bathroom allows him to safely live at home with his wife of over 40 years. It’s the least we can do for our troops and neighbors.

Joanne

Meet Joanne. She is a sweet lady with a permanent disability. She lives full time with her daughter in a house in NE Portland. There are concrete steps from the front door to the ground that make it difficult for Joanne to walk on because she uses a walker all of the time and the steps are small. This also makes it difficult for her to safely get to her doctors’ appointments. At no cost to Joanne, ReFIT built her a ramp from the front door to the sidewalk. She is now able to come in and out of the house when she wants to, giving her back her independence she thought was lost forever.

Jimmie

Meet Jimmie. Long time NE Portland resident. He was trapped in his house and could not get out for over 3 years. Jimmie wanted to stay living in his home of 60 years, but he also missed going outside in the community. ReFIT built a 48-foot ramp for him, so he could safely leave his home and take the bus to the Senior Center and meet up with some “old timers.” He even went to his doctor appointments by himself for the first time in over 3 years. That is what ReFIT does, gives the gift of dignity.

Bessy & Reuben

Meet Bessy and Reuben. For nearly 30 years, they lived in their SE Portland home. As they’ve aged and their health has declined, it became extremely difficult for them to get around and stay active. Their front porch had steps, and the porch deck was unsafe as it was in bad shape. Desperately in need of a ramp, they contacted ReFIT.

Aaron Stevens of R&H Construction and Jim Kitchin of InterWorks LLC put together a team of volunteers to rebuild the porch deck and add a new ramp. Wood Mechanix also donated the building materials. Bessy and Reuben now have safe access to and from their home.

Satish

Meet Satish. He struggles daily with doing mundane activities that we take for granted, like taking a shower. Because of his medical conditions, Satish cannot stand or sit for any period of time without feeling immense pain. He must also go to the hospital 3 times a week for his dialysis treatments. Satish goes to his appointments in a wheelchair, but the small piece of plywood that is covering his door threshold is soggy and unsafe.

ReFIT was able to add a large grab bar to his shower and demolish the plywood “ramp” and build a new, stronger ramp for him. He can now go in and out of his front door without having to worry about rolling off the side of the plywood or falling through. Satish is now happy to be able to life safely in his home.

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