The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead’s Remodelers Council constructed a wheelchair accessibility ramp April 25 for West Fargo resident Conrad Meisch. The HBA of F-M and Remodelers Council purchased materials while members and volunteers coordinated the effort, donating time for the project.
In December 2015, Meisch was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Meisch recently became wheelchair-dependent. He and his wife were relieved to find out about the partnership with Freedom Resource Center and the HBA’s Remodelers Council to build ramps from Ryan Silbernagel, Silvernail Carpentry
With nice summer weather coming up, he looks forward to having freedom to come and go from the house, which he and his family have lived in since 1986. Meisch and his wife, Deb, raised three sons in the home. Two sons now live in Fargo, and one lives near Wahpeton.
“Because of this ramp, I can get out and go to the store with my wife,” Meisch says. “I can also go for walks with her and the dog.”
Individuals and companies that assisted with the project include: Dustin Murray, Dustin Murray Construction; Brent Atkins, Minnkota Windows, Inc.; Dave Velaski, Pella Windows & Doors; Silvernail Carpentry and Stenerson Lumber.
The Remodelers Council is a committee of the HBA of F-M that deals with issues affecting the remodeling segment of the building industry. Council members continually lend their efforts to these types of charitable projects building two to three ramps a year depending on funding and emergency needs. Projects are generally referred through Freedom Resource Center, an advocacy organization designed to assist people with disabilities in achieving and maintaining independent lifestyles.
The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of nearly 900 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour and Red River Valley Home & Garden Show.