Local non-profits help build family a handicapped accessible ramp

The Building Hope Foundation Inc. in collaboration  with The Needs Clearing House Inc., will be completing the installation of a new Handicapped Accessibility Ramp at 254 Marion Street in Bridgeport.

The Needs Clearing House, having previously supplied the Torres family with a Wheel Chair Accessible Transportation Van, contacted Building Hope regarding the construction a proper handicapped ramp at the family dwelling.

The ramp was critical for allowing ingress/egress to/from the dwelling, for everyday activity and particularly in case of emergency, like a fire.

After Building Hope’s preliminary site visit they assembled a team of industry professionals to take on the design, permitting and construction of the ramp.

The Sullivan Architectural Group, 1226 Post Road Fairfield, donated its time in field measuring the site and creating the preliminary drawings.

VASE Construction, 360 Fairfield  Avenue, Bridgeport, a local Bridgeport contractor, donated their time and resources by obtaining all necessary permits and they generously paid all permitting fees on the families behalf.

Interstate+Lakeland Lumber of 247 Mill Street Greenwich, stepped up to the plate and donated all the necessary materials for the construction of the ramp.

Building Hope paid for all labor costs and provided overall project supervision and support all at no charge to the Torres Family.

Once completed and approved the Wilma Torres family will have a properly permitted access and egress ramp that her 2 sons can feel safe and secure using for many years to come.

The Building Hope Foundation and the NCH are both non-profit organizations.

The Building Hope Foundation, Inc. was established by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County to invest funds, time and expertise donated by its members; and is inspired to build brighter futures for the veterans, families and individuals who have given back to the people of Fairfield County. Find more info on The Building Hope Foundation at www.buildinghopefoundation.org

Building Hope’s past contributions have included participation in building handicap accessible ramps for clients of St. Vincent’s Special Needs Center, donations to the EJ’s House construction project in Ridgefield, the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project in Bridgeport, Habitat for Humanity, the Marine Corps League, the American Legion and the Girls Scouts Cookies for the Troops program.

The Needs Clearing House endeavors to match charitable needs with individuals and organizations that can meet those needs. More information about thE NCH, their mission, accomplishments and current projects, may be found at  www.theneedsclearinghouse.org the charity’s website.

Originally contacted by Blessed Sacrament, NCH forged the partnership with the Building Hope Foundation to meet the needs of the church and they continue to partner to meet the needs of the community.


Construction workers help build the handicapped accessibility ramp at 254 Marion Street in Bridgeport.


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