VIUCEDD is a community program of UVI that provides supports for persons with disabilities, ensuring that they live independent and inclusive lives. There is such a great need among the members of the community who are disabled, and with limited resources, it requires the efforts of the Rotary’s partners. This collaboration fulfills one of VIUCEDD’s overarching goals, which is capacity building.
On Friday, Nov. 20, a ceremony was held at the residence of Veteran Calvin Burke, the first recipient of an accessible ramp. Present at the ceremony were Rotary Club of St. Croix West’s president, Jennell Bryan; Rotary District 7020 governor, Felix Stubbs; director of Veterans Affairs, Patrick Farrell; assistant director of VIUCEDD, Sharon Williams; and the project’s contractor, Addison Demming.
Burke praised the efforts of the individuals and organizations that made it possible for him to able to move freely and independently in and out of his home. He acknowledged the responsiveness of Patrick Farrell when he first requested assistance. Farrell noted that ADA Coordinator Jamila Russell of the Governor’s Office also played an important role in getting the service that Veteran Burke deserves.
Anyone who is interested in this project may contact Sharon Williams by calling 692-4267 or e-mailing Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.