EmmanuWheel is a nonprofit organization in the Columbia area that specializes in building wheelchair ramps for people who cannot afford to have one built on their property. It was founded by Jeff Kerby, and has been assisting those with disabilities for seven years. The organization builds an average of 40 to 50 ramps per year. So far this year, the organization has built 27 ramps, and hopes to reach a total of 42.
Currently, EmmanuWheel relies on grants and donations to purchase their building materials, such as the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. Each ramp costs an average of $850, none of which comes out of the client’s pocket.
The ramps are also built solely by volunteers. Each team of volunteers has the opportunity to become self-sufficient as well, making it possible to reach areas outside of Columbia where more people are in need of help.
“The first year we may have built four or five