Spearheaded by Douglas "Bear" Updyke and Bear's Quest 4 Rest charity, a green ramp that matches the trim on the home runs from the street to a freshly poured sidewalk leading to a side door at Thomas' home.
"It's life-saving for my husband," Judy Thomas said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. "He would have never made it without this."
Updyke said Mihalko's General Contracting, Moyer Concretes and Home Depot Johnstown donated materials for the 22-foot ramp, while Rep. Frank Burns' office was instrumental in securing state approval for the right-of-way. Updyke said the project was augmented by $1,400 in cash donations, along with money raised through his charity.
"I'm pleased I was able to finish my promise to these folks," Updyke said. "It was quite an undertaking."
Along with the ramp, Updyke oversaw installation of another, smaller side ramp at the home, accessible by the backyard. Unfortunately, medical vans cannot use the steeply sloped back entrance during the winter or in heavy rains.
"When Bear takes on a project, he gives more than 100 percent," Judy Thomas said.
Thomas, a retired hardwood floor finisher, simply smiled.
"It was very nice of them," he said.
Mihalok said Thomas did work in the past for his company.
"When we heard he had an issue with his leg, we were glad to help out," Mihalko said.