UM Army mission trip enables senior citizens to get around

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - It's been one year since Arzetta White has left her home. "I just can't get around in less I have my walking stick," said White.

White has severe arthritis and has been stuck in her home because of her decaying wheelchair ramp. "It's rotted out," said White as she described the conditions of her wheelchair ramp.

On Monday, the delapadated ramp will be replaced along with the dank siding of White's house. "Just a blessing from God," said White.

A group of United Methodist Army students said they feel blessed to lend a helping hand. Kyrsten Garcia said she participates so people like White aren't prisoners in their own home. "To be able to see them be able to do those things and come out of their house for the first time in so many years, it's just touching and overwhelming," United Methodist Army participant.

"People tell you one person can't make a difference, but you come out here and every little thing that you can do touches someone, and it really does make a difference," said Andrew Coulter, United Methodist Army participant.

White said when her ramp is fixed, she and her dog Joe Joe will take her wheelchair for a spin.

"Oh yes, Joe Joe," said White as she held her dog, thinking about the possibilities Monday will bring.

She said words can't describe how happy she will be when she can finally get off her porch and into town. "I just appreciate everybody that's helping me," said White.

The students will be quite busy this week with more than 30 sites to work on. Love Inc. provided the families in need. Each participant paid $215 to attend, which funds supplies used to repair the homes.

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