Company builds wheelchair ramp for 96-year-old Detroiter unable to leave home

- A 96-year-old Detroit woman is able to leave her house or the first time this year thanks to a group of volunteers who donated their time and talent to build a wheelchair ramp.

Friends and kind strangers gathered outside the Detroit home of Johnnie Que on Friday.

"I peeked out there and I said oh lord what a crowd. I must be doing something right," she said.

Wheelchair bound, Foster's enthusiastic and energetic attitude is infectious despite her plight. Foster was stuck inside her home on Goddard since December with no wheelchair ramp.

"This past winter it was snowing outside and they were trying to get to church and her daughter would pick her up and carry her on her back - her daughter being in her 70s, Ms. Foster being in her 90s - and she fell one day," said Detroit City Councilman Scott Benson.

She hasn't left her house since that day. Benson heard of Foster's dilemma and worked for months to find someone to help.

"It made me feel awful before I even met her when Scott told me the story. ... It sincerely touched my heart," said Dan Villarreal of DGV Contracting.

Just four days later, a crew was in place. A dozen workers have been hard at work since Wednesday.

"It makes me feel good inside. It sets an example for my workers," Villarreal said.

The saw dust settled and Foster was able to leave her home for the first time in nearly nine months.

"Thank you so much. I can't thank you enough,” she said.

This simple gesture brought the dear Detroiter back out into the city she loves. Her first stop: church  this weekend.

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