Helping Churches Become Accessible!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 26, 2012

wheelchair lift at front of churchwheelchair lift - close upMountain View Community Church in Colorado was built in 1907, long before ramps and elevators became common in church buildings. Joni and Friends’ Christian Fund for the Disabled provided a matching grant to the church in order to help them install an elevator (all while satisfying requirements of the Colorado State Historic Fund)! Pastor McConahy told us, “We have already seen the fruit of some elderly ladies coming to worship with us who live in public housing – they live just one block away and use electric scooters, so this elevator will get lots of use.” Joni and Friends is working hard to help churches like Mountain View create access not only in their buildings, but their church outreach programs, too. Visit our Church Relations department to find out how your congregation can better serve special needs families!


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Our church was built in 1846 and we are in need of an operational chairlift so our parishioners can enter the sanctuary and take part in services and programs. Our membership is 90% elderly on fixed income and we have only been able to raise $5000 over the last 4 years to install operational lift.
  • Aug. 5, 2018
  • 4:20 p.m.
  • Steven Shepard
I am looking for information for an elevator for our church. We have the funding. I need the name of a company that sells and installs elevators in the state of Kentucky or Tennessee.
  • Aug. 5, 2018
  • 3:53 p.m.
  • Ann Moore
Our church and some of our church buildings are over 100 years old and as many as 3 floors with no elevator access. We are located in an eclectic neighborhood close to downtown Houston and have a day school, host AA/NA meetings, host a dance school, and run a food pantry in addition to traditional church Bible classes and worship service. Our members are predominately over 70 and under 35. One member generously donated a lift chair in order to access our basement fellowship hall, but it is not practical for those in a wheelchair that must transfer from their chair to the lift and back. We have a youth room that was built upstairs with a small kitchen -- it has so much potential but we don't want to host scout troops or community groups without being able to accommodate people that can not manage the stairs. I would greatly appreciate your expertise/advise on finding funding for an elevator.
  • July 26, 2018
  • 2:21 p.m.
  • Laura Scavone
We at Sheridan Church, in Tulsa, OK, need an elevator. We have an old 3 story building, with children upstairs. I use a walker and can not get my kids from upstairs. What happens when we have a disabled child come. If you could help the young pastors see that they need to do these upgrades. They are extremely important for other ppl. Maybe not them but others
  • May 30, 2018
  • 3:16 p.m.
  • Sheila Cooper
Thank you for the excellent article!
  • May 16, 2018
  • 10:33 p.m.
  • Toney
Hello. My church has a lot of the same challenges at this parish. We have a growing membership, with many elderly. As a result, often they are unable to attend services. Another challenge is my son also has significant physical disabilities. He is unable to get into the church independently for mass, as well as for other activities such as boyscouts. Do you have any recommendations on how to get started with the project or fundraising? Thank you!
  • Feb. 6, 2018
  • 6:37 a.m.
  • Kelsey Grendzinski
Hello, We have the same issue at our church. Many elderly persons are unable to attend services because there is not an elevator. I saw all the comments about this issue. Were there any suggestions or advice given?
  • May 30, 2017
  • 5:26 a.m.
  • Rebecca Turner
Dear Joni and Friends, I ran across this today. I have been chosen to assist my church with finding monies for a elevator and/or a lift. I belong to a congregation in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and our members are elderly and/or wheel chair bond, or just plain artherities. Our membership is currently small and there is simply lack of funds for such a project. We also have an issue with our roof. Prior to our purchasing the church the roof was completed by a contracted who used nails which were to short, thus making the roof an issue as well. We lose shingles and then their is a leak which creates further damage. I am looking for places to assist in both projects any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help in this matter. Rebecca Thompson
  • May 15, 2017
  • 9:03 a.m.
  • Rebecca Thompson
We are looking for funding to put in a ramp for the food pantry at our Church. It would cost $4,500 as per estimate I have from a local contractor. Is there a way your organization can help or point us in the right direction? Any information you can share is greatly appreciated.
  • March 24, 2017
  • 9:20 a.m.
  • Judith Warner
Hello, I belong to New Samaritan Baptist Church in Columbia, SC. We would like our sanctuary handicapped accessible. We have a few wheelchair bound members and several senior citizens that use walkers. Our sanctuary doors to the restrooms must be widened. We also need at least a chair lift from the downstairs kitchen to the restrooms which are located upstairs. It seems that this is estimated around $25,000. Please let us know how you can help. Thank you in advance!
  • July 22, 2016
  • 4:25 p.m.
  • Kim
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