UMC volunteers upgrade ramps at the Ruth Smith Center in Sheffield

Volunteers from several United Methodist churches (UMC) in the Kane District got together recently to upgrade and repair two handicap accessibility ramps at the Ruth Smith Center in Sheffield. Richard and Mary Schall from Warren First United Methodist Church provided the lumber and some of the deck screws to install new balusters and handrails. Ron and Marti Casteel, also from Warren First UMC, provided paint and hardware. Thom Russell, along with some members of the “Hands of the Carpenter” group from Russell UMC, brought their tool trailer. Several other volunteers helped with removing the old wood and painting and installing the new components.

The Rev. Rick Nelson brought a group from the Youngsville Evangelical UMC to replace a deteriorated part of the ramp deck, and they plan to return to repaint the decks as well. Many of the volunteers have already worked together on several trips to New Jersey as part of the UMC “A Future With Hope” Super Storm Sandy relief effort, and they are looking forward to returning to New Jersey this October to do more recovery and construction work.

The group had originally planned to construct a new ramp and set of stairs for the mansion and has a building permit, but that project is on hold until the gas lines can be located and some sidewalk repair work is completed.

The Ruth Smith Center is a United Methodist Women related facility that provides housing for people with disabilities as well as a preschool and a food bank. If you or your group would like to help with any maintenance or repairs, call 968-3238.