Clergy Appointments

In May, 1999, the Meridian District began a Volunteers-in-Mission project to build handicapped ramps at the homes of people in need of them within the bounds of the district.  This ministry, which began on a small scale, has continued for fourteen years and is going strong.  To date they have now completed almost 900 ramp projects and they are still going strong. Through the years, this has become an ecumenical group with members of many different churches from varied denominations helping to keep the ministry vital and growing.     

Ramp recipients are brought to the attention of the volunteers through their churches, hospitals, social workers, and rehab centers.  There is always a waiting list.  A faithful group of regulars meets in the workshop of Jerry Fox who lives in rural Kemper County, usually each Monday morning.  There they do a pre-build, by constructing parts of the ramp before going to the site.  Later in the week, a work team then goes to the site and completes the ramp. Prior to this, the site has been thoroughly scouted and measured, materials purchased, and dates set for the completion of the project.  All ramps are built to the recommended specifications related to the drop from the door to the ground.  When a ramp is no longer needed by the recipient, the team is often able to go back to the site and recycle the ramp for use at another location. Recycling saves from 80–85% of the cost of a new ramp. 

The ministry exists through faithful volunteers and through monetary donations.  You may give to the ministry through the Meridian District office, 6210 Hwy. 39N, Meridian, MS 39305-9133. Volunteers are always welcome.

To suggest someone for this service, you can use this form.

To learn more about the ministry, or to volunteer, you can contact
Jerry W. Fox
(601) 737-5325 (Home) or (601) 917-2284 (Cell)
email: J1F1O1X@AOL.COM
or
Charles Blake
(601) 655-8928
(601) 480-1937
charlesrb4@aol.com

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.