Wheeling into Wesley

Wheeling into Wesley
Pat Wright checks out an automatic door opener, which makes it possible for her to enter her church without assistance as she recovers from hip surgery.

To The Haldimand Press

JARVIS—Anyone who is confined to a wheelchair knows how frustrating it can be when buildings are not easily accessible. Churches should be, and want to be, accessible; Wesley United Church in Jarvis is embarking on a journey to become fully accessible. The “Wheel into Wesley” project will do just that, and by Labour Day the congregation expects to achieve its goal.

The Wesley facility is already more accessible than many other churches in our area, noted Ross Gowan, Project Coordinator for the accessibility project. The building is all on one floor, only a couple of steps above ground level, and has a ramp for people who wish to use it. A new push-button door will be installed, and washrooms upgraded to be fully accessible. A second stage for the project will upgrade the ramp access also.

Wesley’s facilities are quite busy throughout the week, commented Gowan, frequented by community members of various ages and demographics.

One congregation member, Pat Wright, is recovering following hip surgery and needs a wheelchair when away from home, and is very happy about the accessibility upgrades.

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