POSTED: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 8:41pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 8:47am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Mary Lee Johnson lived at her home on St. Joseph Street for more than 40 years, but now recently she's had trouble getting off her porch. Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge volunteers spent Monday helping Johnson by building a new ramp outside her home.
"Well I travels up and down with a walker, and sometimes I need to go down with a wheel chair. Some body carry me down," Mary Lee Johnson said.
Johnson has arthritis, and when she tries to leave her home; she has two big challenges: her front two steps.
"Afraid that I am a going to fall you know. I had no other choice except go," Johnson said.
She turned to Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge for help.
"Our mission is very simple. We work on elderly homeowners homes to help them stay in there homes and age in place," Chris Andrews, executive director of RTBR, said.
RTBR officials said chose to spend their off day as a day of service.
"Martin Luther King was such an inspiration to all of America. On this day rather than be an excuse to take off from work really we aught to honor his life and legacy by some service," Andrews said.
The work was done free of charge.
"The pay we get is the gratitude the heartfelt gratitude and expressions of joy. To see someone who was dealing with such limiting issues such as access and egress from their homes be able to do that in safety and with great ease," Andrews said.
Johnson said the new ramp will help her feel safer trying to get out of her home.
Johnson said:" It will serve a great purpose for me and a lot of help to me. "
"I appreciate it. I thank them very much. it makes me feel real good," She later said.