Contractor, church step up for neighbors

October 13, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Emanuel and Thelma Turner received help from a neighbor on Monday to make their home more livable.

Matthew Zeigler and colleagues from MZeigler General Contractor donated their time to dig holes, install supports and level a new deck at the Turners' Quincy Township home. Their work continues today to finish a 16-foot wheelchair ramp for Emanuel.

Emanuel's recent rotator cuff surgery left him drained of energy.

"He raised his foot (to climb the patio stairs) and couldn't put it down again," Zeigler said.

Thelma Turner started asking people to come help her lift Emanuel's wheelchair on and off the patio when he goes to follow-up doctor's appointments.

Zeigler heard about the situation and had concerns about Emanuel being stuck inside the house in an emergency. He inquired about a few service organizations and discovered they mostly do work in the summer.


The Turners' church, Five Forks Brethren in Christ Church, donated wood from 84 Lumber, which offered the materials at a discount.

"One of the things we feel is important, as a church, is we should be aware of and concerned about needs in our community," Pastor Ray Kipe said, noting that deacons review projects involving members and nonmembers.

Thelma Turner said the ramp will be a blessing for her husband's appointment later this week. She expressed gratitude for her neighbor, Zeigler, and supportive church.

"We were simply a cog in the wheel of how God wanted to help these people," Kipe said.

The Turners have lived in their home for 45 of the 50 years they've been married.

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