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Puget Sound Labor Agency

2800 First Avenue Room 126

Seattle, Washington 98121

United States

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Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Ameri

Regional Access Mobility Program

Co-Founder and Program Manager

First District Democrats

United Brotherhood Carpenters

Board Member
The NanoBusiness Alliance

Joiners of America

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2012 December » Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action » Uniting Generations for a Secure Future [cached]

PSARA member Jerry Otis says his mother taught him not to use four-letter words.

"So I decided 'can't' is a four-letter word, and I wasn't gonna use it."
A retired union carpenter with a disability incurred 26 years ago, Jerry Otis is a man with a mission. Working with the Puget Sound Labor Agency, Jerry has dedicated his life to building the ramps that give low-income house-bound people freedom of access to the outer world.
"If people can't get out of their homes, that's not a life," Jerry says.
Years ago, Jerry co-founded the Regional Access Mobility Program (RAMP) so that he and other volunteers could build ramps and other means of access for the elderly and persons with disabilities. Local labor councils and individual unions help Jerry get in touch with house-bound people.
The rogram enables eole to live in heir own homes and still articiate in the community, Jerry says.
"After the installation of a ram, one client was able for the first time to go to the neighborhood grocery store and coffee sho."
Jerry's still at it, and his vocabulary still doesn't include the word the word "can't."
To find out about building a ramp for someone, or to contribute work or funds - or just to say, "Thank you, Jerry! - you can reach him at or through the Puget Sound Labor Agency at 206-448-9277.
Tags: Jerry Otis, Regional Access Mobility Program (RAMP)

RAMP was founded by carpenters ... [cached]

RAMP was founded by carpenters Jerry Otis and Bill Smith to meet a rapidly growing need in our community: a low-cost program to build access ramps and other means of access for disabled individuals.

If you need a ramp built for your home or community building, or if you would like to volunteer your carpentry/construction services, please contact Jerry Otis, coordinator, at or (425) 387-2291.

Funding Sources for Home Modifications | Northwest Access Fund [cached]

Contact: Jerry Otis 24222 54th Avenue West, #70 Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-5535 Phone: (425) 387-2291 Email:

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Jerry Otis

Regional Access Mobility Program R.A.M.P., Mountlake Terrace, WA

Take Jerry Otis, who knows all ... [cached]

Take Jerry Otis, who knows all about hard work. At 67-years-old, the retired woodworker is a man of steel.

"What else would I do? Sit at home and go nuts? said Jerry.
No sitting around for him. He's getting people moving by building wheelchair ramps for people who who can't afford them.
"These folks, if they can't get out of the house, that's not a life," he said.
And Jerry should know. Among the most important tools he uses are his crutches. Jerry is disabled, too. A surgery 26 years ago left him paralyzed on his left side, but that doesn't affect his attitude.
"Well, I grew up in Winthrop, Washington, and my mom taught me not to use four-letter words. So, I decided 'can't' was a four-letter word and I wasn't gonna use it," he said.
Nine years ago Jerry founded R.A.M.P. or "Regional Access Mobility Program.
Jerry is the first to say he doesn't do it alone. He enlists a small army of volunteers to get the jobs done. He recently built a ramp for a woman who hadn't been outside on her own on four months.
"She sat at the bottom of the ramp in her wheelchair, folded her arms and said, 'This is nice.' 'Nuff said. And that's what it's all about," said Jerry.
It's also about simple dignity -- not just for the hundreds of people Jerry has helped -- but for the man himself who was told he'd never work or even walk again 26 years ago.
"At least this person with a disability is going to do whatever he wants to do," said Jerry. "And you better get out of the road or you're gonna get run over!"
Jerry and his volunteers build the ramps for the cost of materials that are provided at a discount by BMC Construction. To help Jerry and R.A.M.P, click on these links:
Puget Sound Labor Association - Carpenters Union -
You can also email Jerry at

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