Providing the Freedom to Live a Healthy Life
Project Independence is a volunteer effort coordinated through United Way's Labor Liaison. This program donates free of charge mobility ramps for those in need. All materials, supplies and tools are furnished through grants applied for and received by United Way.
United Way hosts a blitz build every fall in which mobility ramps are assembled throughout the community. On average, 10-15 ramps are constructed by volunteers on an annual basis. This program would not be possible without the support of volunteers and Nexteer Automotive engineers who provide free labor and graciously help to construct and install the mobility ramps. While many of us take for granted the ability to move freely inside and outside of our homes...many of our recipients have never experienced that freedom. With Project Independence, recipients are now able to come and go from their homes without assistance or barriers. This new found freedom not only provide increased mobility and accessiblity, it also dignity and independce. United Way of Saginaw County is proud to support a community of inclusion and mobility for all.
Not only does this program provide a service to house seeking mobility assistance, it gives the families a part of their independence back.
"We continue to do this program each year because of families like the Yax family. Having a mobility ramp installed on his home meant that Tim Yax could bring his wife home for the holidays and for family visits instead of always having to bring everyone to see her in the nursing home. Tim's wife is now able to spend time in her own home with her family." ~ Steven Lamb, Project Independence Coordinator.
"What I liked best was working with people that I haven't worked with before, as a team, to accomplish something for a family in need." ~ Project Independence Volunteer.
For additional information or to get involved, please contact Steve Lamb at (989) 755-0505, ext 204.