Local groups partner to make family’s life easier

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Special to Dorchester Banner/Hubert Wright
Members of the Rotary Club of Cambridge and volunteers from the Chesapeake Housing Mission visit with the family who just received a ramp built by the two organizations.

CAMBRIDGE — The Chesapeake Housing Mission and Rotary Club of Cambridge joined forces to make the lives of a Cambridge Dorchester County family easier. The organizations met to build a wheelchair ramp which will allow the homeowner to be able to get out of his home, giving he and his sister/caregiver a better quality of life.

Spearheaded by Allen Nelson, immediate past president of the Rotary Club, about 20 Rotarians and six volunteers from the Chesapeake Housing Mission began work at 7:30 a.m. drilling, sawing and fastening until the project was complete about mid-afternoon. All volunteers were assigned a task, in the morning, and as those were completed, they moved on to the next job.

The Chesapeake Housing Mission (CHM) organization was formed in 2009 to provide vital housing repair services and construction of wheelchair ramps through Christian Mission to low-income families living in the Chesapeake Region. They work with youth and adults from local churches and civic organizations to help families in the lower four counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

In 2014, they were able to help 41 families by making their homes safer and more secure. In 2015 through July 31, CHM has completed 34 projects with 33 more families waiting for assistance.

CHM provided the guidance and direction from Don Taylor, David Downes, Molly Stephens, Joelle Ciriacy along with Victoria and Grace Olinde, who are the granddaughters of Cambridge Rotarian, Donald Johnson.

As the project was winding down, Rotary President Judy Prahl and Immediate Past President Allen Nelson presented CHM with a check from the Rotary Club to help CHM continue their mission.

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