After years of battling health challenges, Kay — a former Mayor, County Councilman and local community member in Martinsville, was in crucial need of a wheelchair ramp. Several health factors including being a Type 2 Diabetic, having congestive heart failure, and an unsuccessful knee replacement led to Kay being in a wheelchair permanently.
Getting in and out of his house was difficult, needing the help of two to three people. Every time Kay would have a doctor appointment, it required calls and planning with other family and friends to come over help. Insurance would not cover the building of a wheelchair ramp, and the out-of-pocket cost would have a significant financial impact on the whole family.
After hearing Kay’s story, the Meyer Najem team was anxious to help out. Given Meyer Najem’s passion and access to construction capabilities, the team went to work. On a hot Saturday in June, a new wheelchair ramp was installed, giving Kay back his independence.
“Giving back is the best feeling in the world. To see Kay go down the ramp for the first time was special. Meyer Najem was proud to give our time and services to provide Kay and his family the help they needed.” Tim Russell, Meyer Najem President.
Meyer Najem believes that each project, no matter the size or type, plays an important role in strengthening and developing a healthy community. The team’s approach puts tremendous care and intention into teamwork and well-executed projects, giving our clients and philanthropic endeavors a trusted guide to make their vision a reality.
During the firm’s 34 year history, Meyer Najem has supported more than 1,000 nonprofits and has given more than $1 million to local, regional and national organizations.
Kay’s family is ecstatic with the completed ramp. With his wife of 40 years, Kay also shares his house with his daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren. They look forward to Kay’s new way of life!