Morningstar Pledges Support for ARISE Oswego Ramp Program

OSWEGO, NY: An Oswego family in need will receive a ramp thanks to a special collaboration between Morningstar Care Center and ARISE. Morningstar recently formed a new employee group called the Impact Committee that is dedicated to making a difference in the local community.

“We are committed to the people in this community, and we want to do everything we can to support independence,” said Joseph Murabito, president/administrator of Morningstar Care Center. “We are so impressed by the ARISE Ramp Program, since the funds we donate are used to purchase materials. Our employees are excited about joining the volunteer work force that ARISE mobilizes to build a ramp for a neighbor in need.”

The ARISE Ramp Program is a local effort that helps people with physical disabilities regain access to their home.

Through the support of volunteers who build the ramps and donations from local families and businesses, the program has helped more than 140 families in Oswego County.

For someone who uses a wheelchair or has mobility impairments, a single step can make home feel like a prison. The ramp serves as a gateway to independence.

“Because of the ramps we provide, we’ve been able to see a teenager with quadriplegia safely and independently leave his house to board the school bus for the first time in years. We’ve reunited families by helping people leave nursing facilities so they can live in the comfort of their own home. Our program touches people of all ages because mobility difficulties transcend age. Access is a universal need,” said Jim Karasek, ARISE manager of Independent Living Services in Oswego County.

Community members can also show their support for the ARISE Oswego County Ramp Program by participating in the annual ARISE & Ride for Ramps event this Saturday at Fort Ontario.

In addition to the 5K run and 4-hour motorcycle ride, there will also be a kids’ bike ride, chicken BBQ, Rudy’s Lakeside, raffle, bounce house, and fun activities for the entire family.

All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase construction materials for ramps.

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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.