An team of volunteers from an organization that serves older adults and individuals with disabilities in Bartholomew and surrounding counties was recently honored for its work.

Thrive Alliance’s Ramps to Freedom volunteer team received the Hoosiers Helping Hoosiers Award during Indiana’s Golden Hoosiers Award program June 23.

The award acknowledges inspirational Hoosiers that serve other Hoosiers in an exemplary manner, and dedicate their lives to bettering the community where they live. Thrive Alliance provides assistance to local residents of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson and Jennings counties.

The Ramps to Freedom program is a volunteer-based program that designs and builds wooden ADA code-compliant accessibility ramps that give children, adults and seniors with physical limitations the freedom to safely enter and exit their homes. The installation of a ramp allows individuals to live more independently in their own homes and can prevent injury due to accidents and falls, thereby helping individuals maintain a higher quality of life for a longer period of time.

Ramps to Freedom volunteers have constructed more than 75 ramps since 2012. The ramps typically cost between $800 and $1,500 for the purchase of wood and construction materials. Financial assistance is offered for the purchase of materials based on the family’s financial need and availability of donated funds.