CASA Welcomes More Volunteers with Installation of ADA Compliant Stair Lift
ELKTON, MD. -- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Executive Director Guilia Hodge and her staff, along with CASA Board President Joyce Bowlsbey, County Executive Alan McCarthy, and Council President Bob Meffley recently celebrated the installation of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliant stair lift at their office located on the third floor at 135 East Main Street in Elkton.
CASA’s goal to have a volunteer for every child that is in the foster care system was met with challenges and presented an obstacle in attracting people to their mission as their meetings are held on the 3rd floor of the building. Though numerous individuals have shown interest in becoming a CASA, attending the meetings have been a deterrent for those that may have health issues or injuries.
The stair lift has assisted CASA in becoming ADA compliant and now meets the needs of ALL that are interested in volunteering. The project, funded through a grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, began in September 2018. Once the grant was approved by the Governor’s Office, CASA immediately reached out to Preferred Elevator, with the assistance of Triumph Electric, for the installation.
After a long journey with obstacles involving the age of the building and the winding staircase, the lift was inspected and approved on March 28, 2019.
The historic building, constructed in 1830, is shared with the Cecil County Arts Council, Cecil Land Trust and the Historical Society of Cecil County. Thanks to funding provided by the State of Maryland, the building is officially ADA compliant for the first time in history.
Alisa Webb, Executive Director of Cecil Land Trust, whose office is also located on the 3rd floor, demonstrated how the stair lift operates by taking the two minute and 16 second ride to the top.