Builders surprise Metolius woman with wheelchair ramp


by: Photo By Susan Matheny - Nina Rosenbaum stands with volunteers who helped build her a wheelchair ramp. From left, Mark Mobley of Parr Lumber, which donated the materials, and builders Pete Post, Don Lehman and Gary Frazier.

   Christmas came early for 85-year-old Metolius resident Nina Rosenbaum when volunteers showed up last week to build her a wheelchair ramp for free.
   In an effort coordinated by Transitions of Redmond-Sisters, the building materials were donated by Parr Lumber of Madras and the labor was performed by volunteers Pete Post, Don Lehman and Gary Frazier of Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of Redmond.
   Rosenbaum has multiple health problems and gets around by inching along in her walker at home, or using a wheelchair when she goes out.
   Before the ramp was built, Rosenbaum said, "People had to help me in and out of the back door, where the steps aren't as tall."
   Rosenbaum has been a client of Transitions, which is part of Hospice of Redmond-Sisters, since June 2006. Last summer, Transitions was also able to secure a free power lift chair for her.
   Transitions, which serves people with life-limiting illnesses, assists clients in a region ranging from Madras to Redmond, Powell Butte and Camp Sherman.
   The program is offered free to families, with approval from their physician. A trained and screened volunteer is assigned to the client or family to help them find community resources, give respite care to caregivers, provide information about illnesses, run errands, do light housekeeping, and offer friendship and support.
   Program coordinator Sue Stafford noted, "We also provide occasional homemade soup, casseroles and bread to clients who are unable to get Meals on Wheels. And we work in partnership with a youth program which provides free supervised labor to do yard cleanup, help with heavy chores and deliver and stack free firewood."
   For more information on Transitions, Stafford can be contacted at 504-2388.
   Of the ramp, which allows her to use her front door, Rosenbaum said, "It surprised me. I didn't know about it until they started working. It's a wonderful gift."