Volunteers construct ramp for local man on Saturday

LOUIS CASTANEDA checks on the progress of the wheelchair ramp that was being built at the home in which he lives on Saturday morning by a group of volunteers through the Texas Ramp Project. Castaneda and his brother, Jessie Borjas, visit with John Laine, left, executive director of the Texas Ramp Project, while volunteer Caleb Bauer of Kerrville kept working on the installation. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

A group of volunteers gathered on Saturday morning to build a wheelchair ramp for a local man through the Texas Ramp Project.

The ramp, built for Louis Castaneda, is the first to be built in Gillespie County through the Texas Ramp Project.

“The Texas Ramp Project pays for all of the materials,” explained John Laine, executive director. “We never bill a client for their ramp.”

Laine explained that the program covers all of Gillespie County, not just inside the Fredericksburg city limits.

However, a client must be referred for a ramp by a third party health care provider or agency. “We do not accept direct referrals from families or friends,” Laine said.

Referrals are made via the organization’s website at texasramps.org. Select “San Antonio” at the top of the homepage and then “Referrals” once in the San Antonio pages.

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