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18 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Hopes rise for elevators at Sarto, Catholic By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor It's a typical scene at Sarto Retreat House. A large group gathers, perhaps on a Cursillo Weekend. They've put their suitcases in their assigned rooms and they've gathered in the dining room. As the group moves on to the next event, which is scheduled for the sec- ond floor conference room, somebody notices: one of the participants is in a wheelchair, and another is on crutches, and there's no easy, gracious or decent way to get upstairs. There is no bathroom com- pletely accessible to the handi- capped, either. In the polite phrasing of today, some persons are "mobil- ity-impaired." In words more blunt and unsettling, some peo- ple have to be carried upstairs, and there's no place for them to go to the bathroom, upstairs or downstairs. A solution is in sight, if orga- nizers of a fund drive are suc- cessful. A two-phase handi- capped-access plan has been launched to make Sarto Retreat House and the Catholic Center fully accessible for the handi- capped. The impetus for the project came from the numerous Cursillo and Tres Dies groups who use Sarto and the Catholic Center, according to John MacCauley, chair of the capital fund drive. For several years, these groups have struggled to accommodate their members who are unable to negotiate the stairs to the second floor at Sarto, and who have expressed their concern about the inadequate lodging and restroom facilities. The difficulties do not just affect people in wheelchairs. Stairs can be a challenge for the elderly and people with arthritis and other health conditions, according to Suzy Sims. She herself, with multiple sclerosis, uses a cane for support. "An elevator would be a won- derful asset," she said. "It takes a fairly substantial time to get up and down stairs. And with me, particularly, my energy level is compromised." Sims has been active in Living :00lis Word ..o..  A radio Bible teaching with Dr. Ann Gr/es WVHI- 1330 AM Mon. - Fri., 11:45 to Noon Mon. - Sat., 5 p.m. "gbur word is a lamp to my feet and a lyht to my path. " Psa{m 119:105 i ii JOHN MANGIN Owner The Decorating Corner 2[ East South Washington, IN 47501 Business: 254.7794 Home: 254-3087 WILLIAMS BROS. HEALTH CARE __pHARMACY "Your f{ealh Care Professionals" Charles C. Williams, R.Ph. Jeffrey W. Williams, R.Ph Mark A. Williams, R. Ph, 10 Williams Bros. Drive Washington, IN 47501 1-800-264-0064 Fax (8121254-7857 i 2128 First Ave .................. 426-2311 5 N. Green River Rd ............. 4,-'94)511 1031 Diamond Ave ............. 426-4)011 210N St. Joseph Ave ............ 9426-1011 1950 Wa.Maingtota Ae .......... 477-2"711 Mcan. - Sat. 5 am-8 pro, Sun. 5 am- I pin "Something good is right on your way" DELICIOUS DONUTS, CAKES, BAGELS, & ,=OOKIES I i 000000_00TAWIL "0000>00ELECTRONICS, INC. " COMPUTERS, NETWORKS, SALES & SERVICES INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS PARTS Design, installation, training & repair on local & wide-area networks LANTASTIC - NOVELL - UNIX - ZENIX 812-425-1100 2121 North Bedford Avenue Evansville, IN 47711 Serving the Tri-State since 1977 iiiiiii i i i1|11 ii ii iii Cursillo since 1994. During each Cursillo weekend, she said the group has to go up and down the stairs several ties a day. "Even if they put us in a room near the meeting room, you still have to go down to the chapel and to the dining room," she said. "Even in your own quiet time, it is difficult to try to nav- igate all those stairs." Ginnie Haynie needs a wheel- chair to get around, and when she made her Tres Dies week- end at Sarto, she also needed three or four men to carry her up and down the stairs. She fears that "having out- siders carrying a person up in a wheelchair breaks the conti- nuity" for the people at the weekend experience. But her weekend "worked beautifully," she was quick to add. She'd like to help out at such weekend retreats, but she can't, because of the lack of accessible facilities. Just because her legs don't work, that doesn't mean she is not interested in getting involved. "As long as accessibility is there, I'll try anything," she said. The second floors of Sarto and the Catholic Center are not accessible, because of the lack of elevators. Lodging and restroom facilities at Sarto, and restroom facilities at the Catholic Center, are not in full compliance with the current standards and rec- ommendations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Phase I of the project calls for three improvements, estimated to cost $125,000: An elevator in the north end of Sarto. A manually activated auto- matic door opening to the park- ing lot. A fully-handicapped acces- sible room of the cu Phase II calls ments at the estimated of'the U F designated accessible statuS, ning this will be sources: such as Leadershi F private The "Help us are tax sent to "Elevato r Catholic Cente r, Evansiville, !: L::I /L / I!C'I, Contact ),our ,,i .... : /!ii ' 2'