Florence Jones is looking forward to being able to go visit her family, go out for dinner and maybe even make a trip to play Bingo once the new handicap accessible ramp is completed at her home located at 327 East Tennessee St.
"I am so very happy about this," Florence told The Brazil Times Wednesday while watching Brazil City Fire Chief Jim Smith and firefighter Troy McQueen work on the ramp outside her front door. "I think I'll be able to get around much better now."
David Jones lives with his mother.
"We've always needed this, but couldn't afford to build one," he said. "She has arthritis and uses a walker, which makes it difficult for her to get down the steps when we go somewhere. I was always afraid she wouldn't be able to get out of the house in an emergency."
Brazil City Planning Administrator Michele Altman told The Times the city had to match a percentage of the grant funding with city funds, local donations or through volunteering. The grant project allowed for 13 homes within the city limits to be rehabilitated, and this project is one of the last.
"The city had to kick in funding also, and this is part of our end of the deal," she said. "Timberland donated the materials and our firefighters are there to do the labor."