The First United Methodist Church of Fulton partners with the people at ARISE through the work done by The United Methodist Men (UMM). One of their ministries is to go into the community and build wheelchair ramps for the needy who are housebound because they cannot afford to have one built for themselves. There is no cost for this. They just have to supply some help to the crews that are sent to their homes to do the work.
The number of ramps built each season varies upon the support we get and the funding that is available. Also, due to the short builiding season and long winters we face, there is a backlog of ramps that need to be built.
About ARISE (taken from the ARISE website)
As a non-profit, community-based organization we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of disability, has the power to make life choices and achieve their dreams. Navigating the world of disability services can often be confusing and overwhelming for many families. Whether you have a simple question or have no idea where to start, we’re here to help.
Since 1979, we have provided opportunities so that people with disabilities can live freely and independently in the community. Everything we do is based on the independent living philosophy, the belief that people with disabilities have a right to self-determination – the freedom to make choices and work toward achieving personal goals and systems change.
As a designated non-residential Independent Living Center, we are organized and directed by people with disabilities. Many of our services are available to people of all ages who have all types of disabilities.
Each year, ARISE serves more than 4,000 people from our offices located in five Central New York counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, and Seneca. All our programs are consumer directed, maximizing choice and opportunities for the people we serve.