Sonyia has called her trailer in LaPlace home for more than 30 years.

The walk up to her front door had become unsafe. She didn’t know where to turn for help, so she called around to see what could be done. That’s when she found out about Volunteers of America.

Sonyia, who is now disabled after years of doing everything from catering to domestic work, is dealing with knee and back issues. In fact, doctors are working on stabilizing her knees because she’s scheduled to have lower back surgery.

“Mr. Payne from Volunteers of America called me back,” she said. “He came to the door like a little angel in the night. He said they could help with my porch, and it’s just beautiful now.”

Volunteers of America’s Repairs on Wheels program built a handicap-accessible ramp so Sonyia could safely come and go from her home. The aid couldn’t have come at a better time. Now, Sonyia is able to do her rehab exercises on her front entryway, and she can access her home without fear of one misstep causing months of pain.

“The workers were so great,” Sonyia said. “They made me feel like there was hope. The whole project has been a blessing. I do my exercises out there. It’s really made it so much easier and safer to get in and out of my home.”

The Repairs on Wheels program allows low-income residents and persons with disabilities to have needed repairs or modifications done to their homes, including building handicap-accessible ramps. There is no charge for repairs, which allows homeowners to live independently in their homes.

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