The latest wheelchair ramp projects through HFHMCO’s “A Brush With Kindness” program

Recently Habitat for Humanity of Miami County’s “A Brush With Kindness” team completed two very important projects.  For each project, a wheelchair ramp was built, positively impacting the lives of two great families!  

Whorton Ramp Project

Drawn by Stan Flowers and supervised by Bob Gore, a fantastic wheelchair ramp was built for the Whorton family.  The Whorton ramp was a large project; the material costs and permits, rental equipment, and volunteer hours totaled to quite a lot.   Thank you VERY much to everyone who made the ramp build possible!  Riverside of Miami County,  Milton Union High School Club, and the Monroe Grange generously funded and provided volunteers for the Whorton ramp project.   The Troy Church of the Nazarene provided lunch for over forty volunteers, and allowed Habitat’s “ABWK” team use of their parking lot for pre-building.

Whorton Ramp


Please enjoy the following note, written by the recipient of the wheelchair ramp…

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

                               -Helen Keller

 People are amazing, so complex. They tend to the needs of not only oneself, but also the needs of others. Why is it so odd? Because in truth we all need help to find our way eventually; no person has ever been able to do it all on his/her own. Help, you would think, is a curse aiming to weaken the body. Well, assistance is not bad; in fact, it is why humanity has made it this long. Now, I admit no one likes asking for help, but sooner or later we do one of two things. We stay pigheaded and refuse to swallow our pride, or we pick ourselves up, dust off all the things that make us feel “frail,” and say to the world “I need help.”

A while ago, I went to see an old friend. Now this girl is wheelchair bound and very bullheaded. She would never ask for help when it came to anything; indeed, she would not even ask for the things she needed, afraid to make people uncomfortable or burden them. You see her family didn’t have a ramp; so every time she wanted to go somewhere, she had to have a family member carry her outside, and often couldn’t go because her family had other obligations. Also, they would not leave her home alone. Now mind you, this girl is now seventeen and at that time her parents saw to it that she still had, for lack of a better term, a “babysitter.” She got so sick of depending on other people that she didn’t even feel human anymore, but instead more like a helpless dog. It wasn’t anyone’s fault, that’s just how God made it. She knew that, but there was no hiding how mad she had gotten whenever she couldn’t do “normal “things.”  She was reminded of all the things she might never be able to overcome, until one-day things changed. She found out that the ramp was funded, and someday soon she would be able to go out with her friend or just go out without having to make someone stop what he or she were doing. Thanks to people, both ones she knew and some she had never met, she was now one step closer to overcoming everything that made her feel less human than everyone else, and closer to becoming the person she and her family/friends see her as, which is a regular teenage girl with a long life ahead of her.

Kindness built the ramp. People working for no personal gain restored my faith in the human race, and I would like to say thanks. You all do great work, and have the character that the whole world should embrace.

 Thank you all,


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Harris Ramp Project

Volunteers from Honda participated in the latest wheelchair ramp project completed by Habitat’s “A Brush with Kindness” program.  This was truly a Honda built ramp, as not only did eighteen volunteers work on the construction itself, but Honda contributed funds to purchase the materials as well.  David Schmidt, an engineer at the Russell’s Point plant helped design the ramp and draw up the plans.  It was really amazing to see this property transformed in just a little over six hours.  Mary, the recipient of the wheelchair ramp, praised the group and thanked them “from the bottom of my heart!

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Everyone should be able to enter and exit their home on their own,” says ABWK coordinator Debra Hoff.  “It allows them freedom and independence in a way that nothing else can.  The problem is that the applicants we work with often do not have the finances to cover costs, even with our providing the labor.  We try to find sponsorships for at least 50% or more of those costs, and then the balance is paid back in low non-interest bearing loan payments.  Finding sponsors is crucial to the continuation of the wheelchair ramp portion our ABWK program.  We would very quickly run out of funds without the sponsorships.

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Thank you to every fundraiser, donor, and volunteer who contributed to these incredible projects!  Miami County’s Habitat for Humanity volunteers are the best!  Each of you makes such a difference in the lives of your fellow community members.

Be sure to check out more project pictures in the Photo Gallery.  Also, visit our website’s “A Brush With Kindness” page to learn more about ABWK’s efforts in helping revitalize the appearance of the neighborhood, strengthening connections within the community, and preserving affordable housing stock.

Thank you for your donations!


Habitat for Humanity of Miami County recently received some incredibly generous donations.  We would like to thank each and every volunteer and donor.  Your time and efforts are much appreciated.  Your kindness and generosity ensure the success of our organization’s mission.


Thom and Pat Robinson Fund

First, thank you to the Thom and Pat Robinson Fund, administrated by Ted Mercer.  Their $5,000 donation made computers and new technologies available to HFHMCO.  This generous gift keeps Habitat hard at work in the office, facilitates communication, and allows for a web presence to grow the affiliate.

Thom and Pat Robinson

Mr. and Mrs. Robinson understand the value of a strong community and the importance of the service agencies that provide those services.  The Thom and Pat Robinson Fund is proud to be a partner with Habitat for Humanity of Miami County,” said Ted Mercer, Fund Administrator.


UTC Aerospace Systems

A short time ago, we welcomed a team of hardworking volunteers from UTC Aerospace Systems.  While volunteering in HFHMCO’S ReStore, UTC Aerospace Systems accomplished many projects such as processing donations, building floor displays, cleaning, organizing, and servicing the HFHMCO donation pick-up truck.  UTC Aerospace Systems provided an incredible total of 124 volunteer hours to HFHMCO.

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UTC volunteers

The UTC team was fantastic!  It was like having a flock of Angels for two days.  I personally feel immeasurable gratitude,” said Sharon McGill, ReStore Manager for HFHMCO.

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UTC donation

UTC Aerospace Systems also presented HFHMCO with a donation of $10,000. “We are so grateful, not only for the generous donation, but especially for the many volunteer hours given. On behalf of the organization and our community, thank you!” said William Horstman, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Miami County.


State Farm

We would also like to thank our Local State Farm agents, Todd Carr and Heath Murray!  They recently presented HFHMCO with $5,000 for home ownership and home repair assistance programs.  Your incredible gift makes it possible to help the community with much needed home improvements, such as our “A Brush With Kindness” projects.  Many thanks to you and the team at State Farm!

State Farm donation

Partnering with Habitat gives corporations and foundations a laudable and visible social responsibility project. It is a chance to show that our partners aim for more — an opportunity to give back to the community they work in and see tangible results. Habitat offers partners prominent public exposure as well as successful team building with a positive impact on their employee’s morale.

Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, donors, and corporate partners, Habitat for Humanity has provided simple, decent shelter for hundreds of thousands of families in need. Our corporate partners’ donations of funds or services help us to continue providing families with homes and the hope of a better life. We are grateful for their kind support.

Celebrating our NEW website!


Habitat for Humanity of Miami County is pleased to announce the launch of our new website!  The new website is designed to be easily updated, allowing you to quickly access current and useful information.  It is simple to connect with us!

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