SLC volleyball team lends a helping hand to Two Rivers man

Posted On October 14, 2014

A Two Rivers man is living at home again thanks in large part to the efforts of the Silver Lake College women’s volleyball team.

The team members were instrumental in the construction of a wheelchair ramp outside the man’s home. They volunteered parts of the past two weekends to build the ramp so the man could leave an area nursing home and return home.

“I couldn't be more proud of the dedication and character of our young women,” said Randy Ammerman, SLC Director of Campus Safety, who assisted with the project, which was completed Sunday.

Members of the SLC volleyball team who participated in the community outreach project included Alex Rukamp, Morgan Lepak, Danielle Hunt, Kaela Cheesman, Megan Mendola, Casey Bingmon, Courtney Clavers, Abby Gerhard, Jordan Barbeau, Valerie Oswalt and Danielle Byrum.

Also helping were SLC coach Tara Stewart, her husband, Mike, and their children, Morgan and Brandin, along with Ammerman, volunteers Joel O’Connell and Ric Heuer, and parents Mark and Rebecca Barbeau.

Milt Kintopf, a retired tech ed teacher from Two Rivers, drew a plan for the ramp, and Jean Wakefield, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Manitowoc County, assisted by securing a building permit from the City of Two Rivers.

Braun Building Center supplied materials that fell within the family’s budget, and delivered those materials to the home.

Additional building materials needed to be purchased, and Pastor Kim Henning of Grace Congregational United Church of Christ in Two Rivers arranged to have those materials funded through the Church Mission and Outreach Board.


Members of the Silver Lake College volleyball team were among the people who helped build a wheelchair ramp at the home of a Two Rivers man. Pictured are, from left, Alex Rukamp, Morgan Lepak, Morgan Stewart, Brandin Stewart, Danielle Hunt, Kaela Cheesman, Megan Mendolla, Casey Bingmon, Courtney Clavers, Abby Gerhard, Randy Ammerman, Jordan Barbeau, Valerie Oswalt, Danielle Byrum and Joel O’Connell.

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