Man helping homebound woman hits road blocks in ramp build - WNEM TV 5

Man helping homebound woman hits road blocks in ramp build

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The self-proclaimed handy-man donating his time to help a woman leave her home has hit a road block.

Joe Thompson offered to volunteer his time and money to make a difference in Lucille Surles’ life.

"I guess we had a disagreement on how much the material was going to cost us because I had to make some changes," Thompson said.

Surles is homebound due to a bad knee and ankle. Her son is dying, and she desperately wants to leave her house to see him.

But Thompson’s design for the ramp that would give Surles her freedom wasn’t up to city code. He stopped by Saginaw City Hall to iron out the differences so he can start on the ramp.

"Now that we got that straightened out we'll pick up the permit later on today and we'll be ready to start building as soon as we get some cash to get the material," Thompson said.

Surles said she’s grateful for Thompson’s efforts.

"It's a wonderful thing for him to do it and to try to do it, financially he can't do it," Surles said.

Thompson is ready to work, but to build a ramp that meets city code, it is going to cost him more than he expected. He showed TV5 the design and said he can’t afford all the materials himself.

Now, he and Surles are reaching out to TV5’s rescue squad once more for help, hoping someone can help donate some materials to get her ramp built.

"I'd be so happy. I've been stuck in this house for six months. So it would be a wonderful thing for the ramp to come up," Surles said.

Besides materials, Thompson is hoping a few of our viewers wouldn't mind donating their time and effort once the materials for the ramp are in place.

"Make me feel better that I was able to help this lady out. And hopefully we get a couple more guys in to help me out on this to build this," Thompson said.

But things are looking up. Since last night, a viewer and the Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home have stepped up to raise the $500 needed. Several other people have also come forward to offer to help Thompson build the ramp.

>>Read our original story on Lucille Surles<<

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