Builders set ramp record for 2010

By Dal Cannady - bio | email

LYONS, GA (WTOC) - The sound of nail guns echoed down Wesley Lane. A team of volunteer builders, all of them retirees in the Georgia Power Ambassadors, sized up their job and constructed a wheelchair ramp in short order.

"Once we built several ramps, we knew the routine. We know Bob and understand what he wants. We got the whole job done in two to three hours," explained Ambassadors member Glenn Goode.

Bob Niedderriter serves as the foreman for all the different teams who build for Open Doors to the Handicapped.

"We've been doing this 24 years now, building ramps," Niedderriter recalled.

Bob organizes the teams of builders and each works almost weekly in Toombs, Montgomery and Wheeler counties to provide access in and out that many might take for granted. Shannon Bobbitt was still stunned how quickly they came to help his dad, a cancer patient.

"The Hospice people came by and asked me if we needed anything. They suggested a ramp and they were here the next morning," Bobbitt marvelled.

Between all the different teams, they constructed 100 ramps in the three county area last year for a new record. The Bobbitt's ramp marks 101 for this year.

Bob said the work is all worth it to see smiles of gratitude after every job and they still have a few to built before the end of the month.

Open Doors to the Handicapped is a non-profit organization and is assisted by their local United Way.

To see pictures of their work, visit To contact them about a ramp, email

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