Flemming & Dorris Longdon

COVER Kicks Off Its Ramps & Roofs Campaign

Submitted 2 years ago
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Bill Neukomm

COVER Partners with Granite State Independent Living

COVER has built or replaced an increasing number of ramps and roofs in the Upper Valley.  In 2016, we built 20 ramps and finished 14 roofs.  These projects are costly and consume about 75% of our $70,000 annual materials budget.

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To meet this challenge, COVER began a new campaign to secure sponsors for the building material fund, especially ramps and roofs.  Early sponsors are Granite State Independent Living (GSIL) and the John Vance Fund through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation whose specific focus is improvements that promote accessibility and safety for those with mobility challenges. In addition, the Byrne Foundation is matching all new sponsors dollar for dollar.  This significant new support will permit COVER and its volunteers to build many ramps this year.

One of COVER’s first projects this spring was to install an accessibility ramp for a mobile home owned by Flemming and Dorris -- a retired couple living in Charlestown, NH.  Flemming has recently undergone a serious medical challenge that made it difficult for him to get safely in and out of his home.  “During the winter, COVER installed a temporary ramp to allow access until the good weather allowed building a permanent accessibility ramp,” said John Heath, COVER’s Home Repair Director who supervises the volunteers to ensure quality and ADA compliance.

Flemming emigrated to the U.S in the 1980s from Denmark and has been a U.S. citizen for some time.  Recently he began taking classes at the River Valley Community College in Keene, NH.  Why?  “To inspire young people” he said while watching a team of students from the college, many who he knows personally, working on the ramp.  Flemming seems to have accomplished that goal very effectively!

GSIL is a statewide nonprofit organization in NH whose mission is to promote life with independence for people with disabilities and seniors through advocacy, information, education, support and transition services.  GSIL is proud to partner with COVER to accomplish this essential project, allowing Flemming independent access to his community.



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