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Grant helping woman celebrate her birthday

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

On Wednesday, Brazil City Fire Chief Jim Smith and firefighter Troy McQueen worked together to help build a handicap accessible ramp at Brazil resident Florence Jones' home located at 327 East Tennessee St. The project, which is one of the last projects supported with funds and donations from a 2006 community development block grant, should be completed today. Ivy Jackson Photo.
A 2006 community development block grant has helped "rehabilitate" more than a dozen homes in the Brazil area the past two years, but one of the last projects will especially help a local woman enjoy her 97th birthday party this Sunday at Forest Park.

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."

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Thank you Ivy for a wonderful story.

Thanks to Timberland, Troy, Jim, Michelle.

And to Mrs Jones-have a wonderful birthday!

-- Posted by Anthea on Thu, Apr 24, 2008, at 6:49 AM

I am so happy this Community Grant has helped people that really appriciated it. It was time for the community to give back in a big enough way that the difference was seen at once. These efforts are the ones that make a community feel connected and loved by their neighbor.

I haven't heard of anything else that has been in the works? Is this the end of a 'helping hand'?

What happen to the girl that started this anyway? She really cared about helping in any way she could to get things like this going.

Big Thanks to everyone that worked for this wonderful cause.

-- Posted by wind_blown_words on Thu, Apr 24, 2008, at 6:58 AM

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