Imagine, you are confined to a wheelchair and the only access to the outside world is a set of stairs. You are, virtually, a prisoner within your own home. That’s why for the past 4 years now the Westover Job Corps Center’s Carpentry vocation, student’s, in corporation with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners volunteer to build “ramps to freedom” for the Home Sweet Home program managed by STAVROS Center for Independent Living.
These projects provide students with the opportunity to take on an active role in the community in which they reside. Carpentry instructor, Greg Briggs, said, “The student’s like building the ramps because they know that they are helping people with disabilities live a life that is just a little bit more enriched.” Carpentry student, Chris France, said, “It is great watching the people use the ramps for the first time. It is just that look on their faces, I know that I have helped to give someone dignity and a stronger sense of self-confidence, that to me is pretty powerful, and it is the reason I like being a carpenter. “