Correctional facility inmates build wheelchair ramps for those in need

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CARLISLE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Inmates at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility have partnered with the WILL Center in Terre Haute to build accessibility ramps for those in need.

The WILL Center is a nonprofit organization started in 2000 that puts a focus on empowering people with disabilities and ensuring access to community resources. To continue these efforts, offenders at the WVCF have been learning to craft wheelchair ramps that are being donated to local citizens with disabilities.

Ramp applicants submit a physician’s statement along with their information and, if approved, have a ramp installed for them at no cost. With help from those at the WVCF, the WILL Center has provided locals with over 200 ramps since 2014.

Offender Daniel Persinger has worked in the carpenter’s shop at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility for almost two years.

“The partnership with WVCF is invaluable to The WILL Center and our consumers in our coverage area,” Ramp Program Coordinator William Caldero said. “We are only able to do these builds, because of donations to purchase materials and the help of WVCF and our build volunteers.”

For almost two years, offender Daniel Persinger has done work in the carpenter’s shop at the correctional facility. Persinger worked construction before he was incarcerated, but said he thinks he has gained skills that will help him return to society.

“The reason I enjoy doing the ramps, is because it helps those in need,” Persinger said. “To see there are people out there who care makes me happy. I enjoy giving back to the community.”

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