Chuck Lemmond was driving through a neighborhood in Dripping Springs when he noticed something: a home wheelchair ramp that needed fixing. For Lemmond, a custom home builder and founder of Hometown Missions, his first thought was to fix it.
This kind of selfless service was nothing new to Lemmond. Coordinator of Community Aid Projects for the United Methodist Church in Dripping Springs, he had responded to many cries for help, one of which led to him founding Hometown Missions. The faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization is committed to ensuring that all residents of the greater Dripping Springs area live in safe and healthy homes with work facilities.
With that kind of experience under his belt, a wheelchair ramp was more than doable. So, Lemmond contacted the owner for a site visit.
Meanwhile, owner Sonya Massey and her sister Sylvia Sisbarro said they had both been praying for a solution to the house‘s dangerous ramp. The existing ramp was far too steep for a reasonable wheelchair user to safely use, and Sonya had taken a few falls from her power chair with the existing ramp. She could no longer leave her house without help to cross the ramp.
Hometown Missions quickly reached out to the Dripping Springs community, organizing a day of work to remove the dangerous ramp and build a new ramp for Sonya. Volunteers answered the call on short notice and last Saturday, October 1, built a larger and safer ramp.
Also identifying the need for a secure wheelchair ramp on the back door of the house, Hometown Missions will soon schedule another day of work to build a second ramp.
Hometown Missions has served the Dripping Springs community for over twelve years. Since Hometown Missions began, more than thirty projects have been completed in partnership with local churches, individuals, and businesses in the community to improve the lives of those in need.
To learn more about Hometown Missions or to sign up as a volunteer, visit hometownmissions. org, email [email protected] org or call (737) 900-4518.w