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

_________________________________

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mount Cain planning a modified winter season for north Island ski and snowboarders

Skiing is a COVID-friendly activity, but shared public spaces require adjustment

Remote B.C. tourism lodge staffed for coastal clean up instead of wilderness tours

The Great Bear Rainforest is home to exotic wildlife — and international trash

BC Hydro responds to all-day North Island power outage complaints

Dear Editor, I understand the frustration an all-day power outage like the… Continue reading

Report Card: North Island Secondary School named fourth fastest-improving school by Fraser Institute

NISS is listed among a total of 22 schools that have shown improvement in the annual report.

Town of Port McNeill’s annual Halloween fireworks show cancelled

‘This has been a horrible year for having to cancel many things that are near and dear to us’

Record-breaking 165 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed in B.C. in 24-hour period

Fifty-seven people are in hospital battling the novel coronavirus

March to protect old growth, stop industrial logging coming to B.C. Legislature

Organizers say they want to give frontline communities a bigger say in nearby logging

B.C. releases details of $1.5B economic recovery plan, $660M in business tax incentives

Economic plan includes support for employers, as well as training for workers

‘Not criminally responsible’ hearing slated for man convicted of Abbotsford school stabbing

Gabriel Klein was found guilty in March of killing Letisha Reimer, 13, in 2016

B.C.’s 1st mental health and addictions minister won’t be seeking re-election

MLA Judy Darcy is the fifth cabinet minister not intending to run in the next election

Vancouver’s shuttered aquarium searching for financial solution amid pandemic

The aquarium needs about $1 million a month to cover its costs

Most Read