Mission Statement

To create and support a network of regional organizations throughout Texas that build wheelchair ramps for people with disabilities who are economically disadvantaged.

Vision Statement

Our vision is that no Texas resident shall lack safe access because of financial limitations.

Our History

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In 1985, members of the Kiwanis Club of Richardson, Texas, were asked to build a wheelchair ramp for a friend. That initial effort, and the next, and the next, resulted in the Dallas Ramp Project and development of a system for providing wheelchair ramps to the needy in Dallas County, at no cost to the recipient.

Twenty years later, the Dallas Ramp Project had built over 1,400 ramps, and it became obvious that the entire state could benefit from this volunteer ramp-building model. Thus, a new statewide nonprofit called the Texas Ramp Project was incorporated in June 2006. Its mission: to establish regional organizations across the state to build ramps for disabled and elderly people in financial need. Founder and executive director was John Laine, who had served as volunteer director of the Dallas Ramp Project.

Since 2006 the Texas Ramp Project has expanded into 36 Texas regions, from Texarkana to El Paso and Amarillo to McAllen. More than 16,000 ramps have been built, which, if laid end-to-end, would extend for more than 80 miles.

What’s most unique about the Texas Ramp Project is its use of all-volunteer labor. That means that TRP can hold the cost of a ramp to about a third that of a retail contractor. For an average of $600 to $700 in materials and a few hours of donated labor on a Saturday morning, the life of a homebound person can be completely transformed.

TRP ramps provide safety, independence and improved quality of life to clients and relief to their families and caregivers. They often allow clients to age in place at home, surrounded by those who love and care for them. The ramps are built following ADA guidelines and are safe, strong and durable. They are built without regard to race, religion, age, gender or ethnicity. They are always free to clients.

Fact Sheet – March 2019

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Year Established: 2006; EIN 33-1139484

Organization Address: P.O. Box 832065, Richardson, TX 75083-2065

Telephone: 214-675-1230        Fax: 972-499-1076

Email: [email protected]

Web Site: www.texasramps.org       

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/TexasRamps

Local Organizations: 36 regions incorporating 21 Texas Councils of Government

Ramps Built: 1,962 in 2018 in 114 Texas counties; total builds, 17,000 (85 miles)

Referrals: 4,763 in 2018 in 184 Texas counties; current rate of referrals 400 per month

2018 Revenues: $1,396,062

2019 Budget: $1,330,000 to build 2,100 ramps

Functional Expenses (2017 IRS 990): Program Service Expenses 92.4%, Management and General Expenses 6.3%, Fundraising Expenses 1.3%

Approximate Number of Volunteers: 3,500 statewide

Executive Director: John Laine

Mr. Laine spent over 36 years in sales and management for industrial and aerospace products, including 20 years in his own business. A member of the Kiwanis Club of Richardson, he served as volunteer director of the Dallas Ramp Project from 1989 to 2005, when he left to found the Texas Ramp Project as a separate nonprofit serving all of Texas. He has been executive director since 2006. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from St. Lawrence University.

Texas Demographics

Over 3.4 million Texans—12%—are age 65 or over, and 24% report an ambulatory disability. More than 1.6 million Texas men, women and children have a disability that may require a wheelchair or walker. Many of them are veterans. With Texas’ poverty rate at 14.7%, it is likely that there are a large number of people who need safe access to their homes but lack the means to obtain it.

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Donate: Send check to Texas Ramp Project, P.O. Box 832065, Richardson, TX 75083-2065.

Why Texas Ramp Project?

Many of TRP’s clients have been housebound for months or years, or have been negotiating either steep steps or dilapidated or unsafe ramps, which puts them in harm’s way whenever they leave home. With a free ramp from TRP, these people gain independence, improved quality of life, and safe exit in the event of a fire or other emergency. In addition, their families and caregivers attain welcome relief. Many of the caregivers are elderly spouses and may be frail themselves.

We have also found that most elderly people prefer to age in place in their own home, surrounded by friends and family. But if their home is not accessible, they may end up in a nursing facility. A $700 ramp built by the Texas Ramp Project can save taxpayers up to $80,000 per year for an uninsured client to be housed in a nursing home.

TRP ramps follow ADA guidelines of 1 foot of slope for every inch of elevation. The ramps are built of pressure-treated lumber and are 48 inches wide, with a 3-1/2-inch kickboard and handrails to prevent tipping. The finished product is safe, strong and durable.

How to Get a Ramp

TRP does not accept direct referrals from clients or their families. Referrals must come from a third-party health care provider via the TRP website. (The provider qualifies the client as being in financial need.) The provider fills out the online referral form available on the “Request A Ramp” page on the TRP website. The form is sent to the region coordinator.

A trained surveyor will visit the client and design a ramp at the preferred entry/exit that is appropriate in length, slope and direction. Based upon the survey, a volunteer construction crew led by a trained leader will then implement the design in about four to five hours.

John Laine

Executive Director

Garner McNett

President

Peter Heinkel

Vice President

Donna Burton

Treasurer

Molli Harris

Secretary

Kay Champagne

Board Member

Stephen England

Board Member

Roy Harrington

Board Member

Myron Knudson

Board Member

Sandra Knutson

Board Member

Matt McGillen

Board Member

Marge Oberg

Board Member

Suraj Pelluru

Board Member

Gary Stopani

Board Member