The Gazelle Community Church has been a community focal point for over 50 years. This facility serves as the neighborhood food pantry, meeting center and as the community church. However, the aging facility was in need of an updated entrance to make it accessibile to its community members.
How did 4-H help?
The Gazelle 4-H club discussed the barriers that disabled individuals experience everyday and how they as community members could eliminate this barrier for disabled individuals at one of thier most used community facilities. The group contacted a local contractor who visited with the members about what the project would involve and what costs they could be looking at to complete the project. The club soon realized this was going to be a big financial responsiblity. They applied for a grant and held a local fundraiser to raise over $2000.00 for the project. Then in the fall of 2012 the member removed the old sidewalk and steps and helped level, gravel fill and build a concrete ramp with handrails for the facility.
The ramp allows anyone at anytime to attend community events without us worrying about getting them in the facility safely.
Roger lange, Pastor, Gazelle Community Church
With the addition of the ramp disabled members of the community were given more freedom to be involved in communty events. The 4-H youth gained a sense of pride in providing an essential service to thier small community. Beverly Hoover of Gazelle stated that she was happy to be able to walk unassisted with her walker into the church. Smiling she stated, "I don't have to ask for help." Roger Lange, pastor of the Gazelle Community Church, stated "the ramp allows anyone at anytime to attend community events without us worrying about getting them in the facility safely."