Accessibility Ministries Grants

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The Committee on Accessibility Ministries has announced that it has awarded grants to Rockton UMC & Mount Hope UMC for their respective projects to make their buildings more accessible.

Mount Hope UMC Accessible Ramp-1

Mount Hope UMC new entrance.

The Mount Hope congregation took on the task of building a 384 square foot addition that includes two fully handicap accessible restrooms and a ramp that leads to the main floor worship area. Prior to this, everyone was required to use 14 stairs in order to reach the sanctuary. Now the members of their congregation using walkers (currently four) and wheel chairs (2), plus others from the community have complete access.

The Rockton community needed to replace their warn-out chair lift, as it was over twenty years old and parts were no longer available. The grant money was used as part of the funding to replace the lift.

The mission of the Accessibility Ministries team is to assist all the faith communities of the NIC in making their houses of worship and parsonages accessible to all God’s people. This includes access to those with vision, hearing, mobility and mental challenges.

To learn more about how your church can be more accessible, including how to pay for it, plan on attending the Accessibility Awareness Conference on Saturday, November 8 at Barrington, UMC.

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