"No limit to what we'll do:" Home Depot officials, veterans, civilians come together for home repair
DODGEVILLE -- Sometimes we all need a helping hand. A Dodgeville man got more than one to help him make an important change to his home.
When it comes to a loose board or leaky pipe, you've probably stopped at a Home Depot store. But sometimes, we need a bigger repair done -- a life fix.
"I worked for UPS for 30 years, and then I developed issues in my lower back," Rick Mumm said.
After surgery, complications confined Mumm to a wheelchair.
"I haven't been able to get out. I can get out, but it's hard," Mumm said.
His front steps weren't wheelchair friendly, so local teams stepped up to take on the job.
The closest Home Depot to Dodgeville is more than an hour away -- but world travels fast in a community that cares.
Team Depot is a group of Home Depot associates that come and volunteer their time. Team Depot joined Team Rubicon -- a national organization of veterans and civilians who bring aid wherever it's needed -- from disaster relief to building a ramp.
By employing the skills associates already use at Home Depot, people like Mumm get the fixes they need.
"We've got a gentleman here by the name of Jerry. He's a carpenter. Mark is our tool rental supervisor. He's a carpenter as well. If we have the tools to do it, there's no limit to what we'll do," Derek Polum with Team Depot said.
And now, there's no limit to where Mumm can go.
"Having these ramps now, I'll be able to stay in the wheelchair and get on out. Get outside a little bit," Mumm said.
You can help get Team Depot and Team Rubicon out into your neighborhood to help veterans or anyone who needs assistance with a home project like this one.
Polum says you can ask for the volunteer manager at any Home Depot store and tell them what's going on.