Access Ramp Program Receives Crucial Boost

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lake of the Ozarks Lodge No. 2517 invested in their community by undertaking a project that addresses unmet need with a $2,000 donation and volunteer service to benefit Independent Living Resource Center, Inc. (ILRC) Access Ramp Program.

These funds and the volunteer efforts will go towards helping to build ramps for individuals with disabilities who have no other accessible entrance/exit from their home. Access ramp construction or ramp repair is overseen by ILRC’s certified ADA Coordinator, Jeremy Murray. Consumers are eligible for financial assistance with access ramp cost on a sliding scale depending on household income.

ILRC’s Director of Programs, Melinda Cardone, states “Safely entering and exiting our homes is an activity many of us take for granted, however; for some it is a daily struggle. This vital donation will assist persons with disabilities in becoming more active participants in their community which truly benefits everyone.”

Independent Living Resource Center, Inc. (ILRC) is a non-residential, consumer-controlled, not-for-profit organization that provides services and support for individuals with disabilities in Southern Callaway, Camden, Cole, Miller, Morgan, Moniteau, and Osage counties. ILRC works to promote greater independence and empowerment for persons with disabilities through advocacy and resources.

ILRC provides core services of Peer Support, Advocacy, Information and Referral, and Independent Living Skills free of charge to the consumer. Additional services and programs include Accessibility Surveys, Consumer Directed Services, Children & Youth Services including HCY, MPACT Certified Parent Mentors, Independent Living Skills Workshops and Youth Group, De-institutionalization, Equipment Loan, Home Modifications / Ramps, TAP-T (Telecommunications Access Program), and the ILRC Care Closet.

Melinda Cardone, ILRC Director of Programs, Receives $2,000 Donation for Access Ramps from The Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lake of the Ozarks Lodge No. 2517