Habitat builds ramp for Smith family

alt

Tom Barnett, center, oversees the Habitat ramp project with volunteers Lisa Geter, left, and Ebonie Atkinson. Geter and Atkinson are relatives of Habitat family partner Mildred Johnson, and their volunteer hours will count toward Johnson's sweat equity hours.

From Staff Reports
news@newnan.com
Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity Inc. recently completed a wheelchair ramp for the newest Newnan-Coweta Habitat homeowner, Martina Smith.
Smith’s husband, Willie, needs the ramp because of his long-term fight with multiple sclerosis and, most recently, cancer. Willie Smith feels great comfort from having a ramp. He is now confident that he will be able to get in and out of his house as his diseases progress.
Crew leader Tom Barnett was hired to oversee the construction, because of his commitment to Habitat’s mission and his expertise. Barnett teaches high school students the basic principles of construction at the Central Educational Center in Newnan.
Construction of the wheelchair ramp spanned five Saturdays and was completed recently. The Smith family is happy with the final wheelchair ramp, and Willie Smith now has peace of mind.
“We are happy that we could help the Smith family by building a wheelchair ramp for their home. We knew that if the ramp would help the family’s peace of mind, we could not delay building the ramp.” said Leslie Merriman, NCHFH executive director.
NCHFH is committed to building and renovating homes in Coweta county. The wheelchair ramp was the first of many renovation projects the Habitat affiliate hopes to accomplish for homeowners in their geographical footprint.

When speaking about the wheelchair ramp, volunteer Lisa Geter was impressed with what was accomplished. Geter worked on the ramp four of the five work days.

She was present the the ramp was no more than building materials in the Smith’s front yard. “It’s amazing to see how far it’s come from just a frame. I feel like I’ve learned a lot too and that’s cool. We’ve had some good guidance,” Geter said.

Geter is related to another local Habitat homeowner, Mildred Johnson, and her work counted as “sweat equity” for Johnson.


More Local

GOP voters in Ga. to decide Senate nominee

ATLANTA (AP) — After a bruising nine-week runoff campaign, Georgia Republicans will finally have their Senate nominee who will compete ... Read More


10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISRAELI DEFENSE SOURCE: ONE SOLDI ... Read More


Senoia wall could be up for years

Seven households in Senoia may be behind a wall for years to come. Monday night, representatives from Stalwart Films and Raleigh Studios re ... Read More


Work begins on Hood Road

Hood Road was being closed beginning Monday, July 21, for culvert replacement, according to Coweta County officials. Public notification sig ... Read More


Paper's Phone System Down

We are experiencing problems with our phone system at this time and are unable to make or receive calls. We hope to have this resolved by th ... Read More

Ga. national parks see 7 million visitors in 2013

ATLANTA (AP) — National Park Service officials say more than 7 million people visited Georgia parks in 2013 and had an economic benefi ... Read More