VMI, a leader in the manufacture and distribution of wheelchair accessible full-size and minivan conversions and MobilityWorks, a Cincinnati-based retailer of wheelchair accessible vans, have teamed up with Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory to help with the donation of a wheelchair accessible minivan for an area family. The van was presented to Arnneater Crawford and her son, Donté, on Tuesday, May 31, at 10 a.m. at Union Terminal in Cincinnati.
“Our team was moved by the compassion that Mayor Mallory showed for city employees when he was recently featured on the reality TV series, Undercover Boss,” saidDoug Eaton, president of VMI. “We were especially touched by his efforts to help Arnneater Crawford, a City of Cincinnati employee who’s struggled to provide adequate transportation for her oldest son, Donté, who lives with Cerebral Palsy. We were very excited when we were given the opportunity to be a part of this donation.”
Shortly following the episode airing, Mayor Mallory’s office contacted Jeff Witt, General Manager of Mobility Works-Cincinnati to help with a donation through their non-profit MobilityWorks Foundation.
“The mayor and his team visited our store to discuss the options available for the Crawford family,” added Witt. “Throughout the process Mayor Mallory was attentive and genuinely concerned that the family get a vehicle that would be a long-term transportation solution for them. We agreed that a 2010 Town & Country with VMI’s Northstar side-entry, lowered floor wheelchair accessible minivan would the best fit for the Crawfords.”
The 2010 Town & Country with VMI Northstar is a lowered floor wheelchair accessible minivan that includes a power in-floor ramp with unrestricted entry and exit, as well as greater interior maneuverability. A one-touch remote allows effortless ramp deployment, while the PowerKneel™ gives a lower ramp van angle, making access easier.
“I’m grateful to Jeff and his team at MobilityWorks, as well as to VMI and the other local companies that have helped make a difference in lives of the Crawford family,” said Mayor Mark Mallory. “Our great city is built on the principles of giving back by serving others and helping our neighbors when we see them in need. I am thrilled that we are able to provide the Crawfords with a van that will allow them to spend more time with their son. This is going to impact their lives for years to come.”