Affiliate News
March 01, 2017

New Ramp Brings Mobility to Disabled Residents in Blue Island

New Ramp Brings Mobility to Disabled Residents in Blue Island

United Auto Workers Locals 551 and 588 and the Chicago Federation of Labor continue to support a program building ramps for disabled families across Chicago through the UAW/Ford Community Service Team. The latest project, Blue Cap, is an organization in Blue Island that serves individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. Blue Cap is funded in part through the CFL’s community engagement partner. United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. The ramp was built at a Blue Island home owned by Blue Cap that will house four individuals receiving services through Blue Cap. The new ramp will allow them to live independently.

UAW Local 551 member Jeff Hall leads the Chicago UAW/Ford Community Service Team. “Our Mission is to be able to give back to the communities that our union brothers and sisters work and live in,” he said in a statement. “Our goal is to empower people with disabilities to maintain an independent lifestyle, and become more self-sufficient with greater mobility.”

“We can’t thank [the Chicago UAW/Ford Community Service team] enough for how life changing this ramp will be,” said Blue Cap in a statement on Facebook. This home is one of 10 owned by Blue Cap, providing independent living to 52 individuals with developmental disabilities. Blue Cap serves over 200 individuals with disabilities throughout the south suburban area.

The UAW/Ford National Programs Center donated materials for the ramp. Led by UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles and Ford Motor Company Vice President Bill Dirkson, the UAW/Ford National Programs Center is a significant supporter of the Chicago UAW/Ford Community Service Team.