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

Coco's Cupboard

Partnership works to find service dogs for veterans

Dog trainers Suzanne Aaron and Tara Cotton saw many clients who had dogs they just couldn’t handle. They would help the owners find do ... Read More


250 students affected

Homelessness ‘vicious cycle that’s going to continue’

The economy has bounced back from the lows of a few years ago. The housing market is healthy, and the jobless rate has improved. But, for so ... Read More


Annual Sunrise on the Square Road Race a success

The annual Sunrise on the Square included ideal weather and a first-time winner who actually pushed his baby in a stroller. The race, hosted ... Read More


HealthSouth facility scheduled to open Dec. 2

Progress for HealthSouth’s new facility is on track for a Dec. 2 opening, which will add to the town’s growing collection of hea ... Read More


Subsidized medical center proposed for Senoia

Palmetto Health Council is applying for a grant to bring a subsidized medical clinic to Coweta, proposed for the Senoia area. The non-profit ... Read More

Economic Impact

Ports hit new record

The Georgia Ports Authority moved more than 3 million 20-foot equivalent container units in fiscal year 2014 – and set a new record fo ... Read More