Posted on November 21, 2016
Keystone Military Families Food Bank is an organization based in Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania that has been assisting deployed troops, veterans and military families since 2002. Their goal is to provide support to the military community while preserving their dignity. They are currently operating a food bank at their Shoemakersville center, serving from 40 to 60 families weekly. They found that some of their families had difficulty accessing the center because it was not wheelchair accessible. They turned to Nick Marcellino to install a wheelchair ramp. Nick and Amramp Philadelphia team were honored to be able to be able to help and provide the ramp.
It was a very moving moment when the ramp was completed. It brought tears to the eyes of the staff members. They were all so thankful that the food pantry was now wheelchair accessible for everyone to be able to access safely and easily.
Keystone Military Families functions as a resource center and assists Veteran families in finding whatever type of help is needed, from rent assistance to job searches and counseling services. There is an in-house counselor provided by the Lancaster Veterans Center to assist individuals or families with mental health and reintegration issues. KMF works closely with the VA Hospitals, Veterans centers in 5 counties and other organizations that provide assistance. They are a close knit community that is proud to serve our military members, our veterans and their families.
Our military and veterans have given up many things in their service to our country. Those who are deployed should not have to worry if their kids have enough breakfast before school or if the baby will have diapers and food. Many spouses lose jobs when they transfer to a new area with their military member. There are several hundred thousand combat injured vets who are waiting for a medical determination and have no income during the up-to 18 months that determination can take. There are a host of other reasons they end up in a tight money squeeze and the bottom line is they just need some help to get through this crisis and back on their feet.
An added benefit to the pantry is that we work very closely with the Family Action Center Specialists, the VA Hospital, SSVF, Salvation Army, Veterans Centers in 5 counties and many military support organizations and groups. When someone comes to the pantry we can also assess their current needs and direct them to the other sources of help they may qualify for. We do not cover electric or heating bills but we know of 3 other organizations that do so we can get them set up with an appointment. We do not handle any medical issues but if they appear to need some sort of medical evaluation we can get an appointment set up with the FACS to get things rolling.
If you are interested in volunteering or providing assistance in some way, please call Keystone Military Families at 610-698-2122 and they will get you set up with something that fits your abilities.
Amramp is the leading company in the United States specializing in steel modular wheelchair ramps, offering sturdy, customizable ramps for disability access that enable the aging and disabled population to remain in their homes with independence and mobility. Ramps can be installed temporarily for short or long term needs without damaging the housing structure as they are not a permanent modification to the home. Amramp products comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are available for sale or rental for residential and commercial use with no minimum time frame and no ramp size restrictions.
Amramp also installs Vertical Platform Lifts which are used where the length of a ramp might be impractical and stairlifts to allow people to access multi-level homes and buildings.
Amramp Philadelphia, located in Broomall, Pennsylvania provides modular wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, vehicle lifts and home modifications, including barrier-free bathrooms, walk-in tubs, zero step showers, railings, and other accessibility products in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, Bucks, Montgomery and Berks counties in Pennsylvania and parts of Gloucester, Camden and Burlington counties in New Jersey.