The event was started five years ago by Jason Noyes, who organized a motorcycle ride with his friends through the North Country to support ARISE's Ramp Program. The event has grown each year and this year support from sponsors, local businesses, and a new partnership for the 5K run with the YMCA led to the largest event to date.
The weekend after the event, volunteers built three ramps in three different towns in Oswego County. With safe and easy access to his home, one man in Oswego will finally be able to return home from a nursing facility. Because of a ramp constructed in collaboration with Operation Northern Comfort, a woman in Phoenix who has Multiple Sclerosis regained her sense of freedom and independence. And now, when a man in Fulton leaves rehab and returns home, he will be greeted by a ramp that was coordinated by ARISE and built by his family, friends, and neighbors.
However, with the average cost of a ramp at $1,200 and a waiting list of more than 50 families, there is still much work to be done. When a person becomes unable to leave their home because they do not have a ramp, home can feel like a prison. If returning home after hospitalization isn't possible because there is no ramp, home can feel like the impossible dream.
In order to build as many ramps as possible (last year, ARISE built 28), more funding is needed. Donations can be made online, in person at our office, or by sending a check. People who are interested in volunteering are also encouraged to contact Kris Rabideau, housing advocate/ramp coordinator, at [email protected] or 342-4088 x207.
Major support for ARISE & Ride for Ramps was provided by EMPOWER Federal Credit Union, Pathfinder Bank, Relph Benefit Advisors, Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Morningstar Care Center, Fulton Savings Bank, Fuccillo Auto Group, Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Price Chopper, Adam's Apple Services, and Tom and Lynne McKeown. Additional support is provided by Bosco & Geers, Friends of Fort Ontario, Good Times of Oswego, Murdock's Bicycles & Sports, NewsChannel 9, Oswego Speedway, Precision Sign and Graphics, Rudy's Lakeside, RSVP, Woodchuck Saloon, and Zink Shirts. The 5K Run was a partnership between ARISE and the Oswego YMCA.
ARISE is a non-profit Independent Living Center run by and for people with disabilities. The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with approximately 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities. ARISE has offices in Onondaga, Oswego, and Madison Counties and operates ARISE at the Farm, a 77-acre recreational facility in Chittenango and ARISE & Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius.