It takes Jean Moulton about four minutes to navigate the four steps at her Langley home. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance)

Volunteer crew ready to build ramps for B.C. amputee

Jean Moulton will soon have an easier time getting in and out of her home.

Some Good Samaritans will come together to build wheelchair ramps for a Langley woman, after a provincial program ran out of funding to help her.

“I think it’s awesome,” Jean Moulton said. “There are some nice people that are out there.”

Moulton reached out to the Langley Advance last week after she was denied funding from the Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program, run by BC Housing.

The reason for the denial was simply that by the time Moulton got her required paperwork and home inspections done by the end of August, the $5 million program had run out of money for the year.

Moulton, who lost one arm and one leg to blood clots following a workplace injury, had moved to a manufactured home in Brookswood this spring from a second-floor apartment. She was hoping to find a safer place to live – one where she wouldn’t be trapped if the elevator shut down.

Instead she found herself waiting and waiting for funding that didn’t come. The next applications for a HAFI-style program won’t be until spring of 2019.

READ MORE: Lack of government funding leaves Langley double amputee struggling

Moulton has spent the past few months struggling up and down four steps on her home on a prosthetic leg. Wheelchair ramps will make her safer and more self-reliant, she said.

After her story appeared online, Daniel Fedosenko of Mr. Home Inspector and contractor Shawn Reid saw the story and decided to help out.

The two have already been out to Moulton’s home to measure it, and they are now assembling supplies – many of them donated – and a large pool of volunteer labour.

“We’ve got about 15 guys who want to come together,” Fedosenko said.

It won’t cost Moulton a thing, he said.

It’s a huge relief for the Langley woman, who will soon be able to use a scooter or wheelchair to get in and out of her home.

She said she hopes this also raises awareness of the many other people around B.C. who need help with accessibility and can’t afford renovations.

“I’m sure there was a lot of other people besides me who got cut off too,” Moulton said.

She’s also meeting with Langley MLA Mary Polak this week about the issue.

“I was just glad that it got the exposure, not just for me, but for everyone who’s in the same situation,” she said.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

mclaxton@langleyadvance.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Just Posted

Alberni vet heading to Africa with Veterinarians Without Borders

Dr. Roberta Templeton and her vet husband will help dairy farmers in Uganda

B.C.-born hockey official talks to IIHF about switching European rule book to NHL rules

Rob Shick will represent NHL at 4th World Hockey Forum in Russia

Campbell River mom’s iPhone containing priceless photos stolen from Victoria hospital parkade

The phone contained photos, heartbeat recordings of her late son

Helping with Christmas bird count is ‘citizen science’

Port Alberni’s bird count will be Dec. 28, 2019; volunteers are needed

BUDGET 2020: Port Alberni Fire Department needs new equipment

Police services ask for funding for community policing office

VIDEO: SNL skewers Trudeau’s mockery of Trump in high school cafeteria sketch

The three world leaders won’t let Trump sit at the cool kids’ table

B.C. universities post $340 million worth of surpluses thanks to international student tuition

Students call for spending as international enrolment produces huge surpluses at many universities

Conservatives urge Morneau to deliver ‘urgent’ fall economic update

Morneau says the first thing the Liberals plan to do is bring in their promised tax cut for the middle class

INFOGRAPHIC: How much money did your local university or college make last year?

B.C. university and colleges posted a combined $340 million surplus in 2018/19

B.C. creates $8.5M organization to improve safety for health care workers

Group will bring together unions, province, health care organizations

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

Nearly 80% of the domestic violence victims who reported to police last year were women

Most Read