The stories of how our neighbors help one another, are the reasons why CHIP continues to serve and ask for support year after year.
After EMT’s had to carry an elderly women suffering from a chronic respiratory illness down a set of dangerously unstable stairs to an ambulance, the ambulance driver called CHIP to advise that her home was in desperate need of an access ramp. The grateful woman returned from the hospital to find that a CHIP carpenter had removed the old steps and replaced them with a sturdy ramp.
A DHS case manager called CHIP to request materials to build a fence for a family with a five year old daughter with Downs Syndrome. CHIP supplied the materials and the family’s church built the fence. The girl can now play outside without danger of wandering off the family’s property.
The father of a large family, who was both disabled and blind, called CHIP when the floor of their only bathroom collapsed into the basement. One of our carpenters not only rebuilt the floor, but installed a new toilet, sink and tub- shower unit. He also cleaned and sanitized the basement with the help of the kids and their mother, and the family now has a working bathroom again.
The two and one-half year old son of a single dad with few resources insisted on playing under their mobile home, which the father knew was dangerous. He called CHIP and asked for help. CHIP supplied him with the materials to install a “skirt” around the home, and the grateful dad installed it himself.