Here’s the potential handicap accessible van: it’s a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan with about 49,000 miles. At this point, the amount I need to raise is approximately $16,000. I’ll finalize the cost once I determine the type of hand controls I need. To determine this, I will have a driving evaluation sometime in the next 60 days. On the surface it might seem crazy to ask for help getting a vehicle. What is the big deal? Let me explain why your contribution will make my life so much better. On a typical Sunday, I have to transfer from my wheelchair into a vehicle to go to church and I have to transfer back into a scooter. I repeat the process again after church.
With this vehicle, I will be able to press a button to open the vehicle and lower the ramp. Once inside, I will be able to drive my wheelchair toward the steering wheel and a locking mechanism will secure my chair. For the past several years I have been relying on the local Paratransit bus service. I'm glad the service is available, but I want to be able to do things on my own without worrying about when the bus will come. The biggest challenge is that the bus service is not available after 4PM on Saturday and it is not available on Sunday. I believe this vehicle will allow me to regain a greater measure of freedom and have the opportunity to enjoy the things around me. I also believe I will have a better opportunity to travel around to encourage others.