Ramp Rockers start up costs
Organized by: BRian Keith
My name is Brian Turnbo. I do floors for a living. A few years back I had a customer whose addition didn't meet up with the rest of the house. So I fixed that issue. It wasn't on my work order. I didn't charge extra. It took me a bit of time and a little more labor than I thought, but when I was done the floors were flush. In my mind it was just the right thing to do. Why? Because this person had been in an accident leaving him with severe mobility issues. He is confined to an electric wheelchair for the rest of his life, unless a miracle cure comes around. When I was doing my final walkthrough with this gentleman he explained to me that after his accident he had to spend all of his money building an addition on his house that would give him the room for his hospital bed, handicap shower, bathroom, and ramp. Unfortunately, with the amount of work that he needed compared to the amount of money he had, he went with the lowest bidder. They refused to correct their height difference mistake which caused him to not have access to the rest of his home. "Brian," he said, " I appreciate what you've done for me. I haven't been able to eat dinner at the table with my family in 3 years." Tears streamed down his face and I choked my own back, I told him, "It was nothing." But it wasn't nothing. I realized that day I did more than lay a floor. I improved the quality of life for not only this guy, but his entire family. It made me realize that I can do this for other people too. The universe has been telling me that I should be doing this, but I've been ignoring it. It's gotten to the point that I can't ignore it anymore. This experience has inspired me to start a charitable organization that retrofits homes for veterans and low income families with children or elderly with mobility issues. The time is now.