Tomas Taylor, left, and Hank Sanchez build the frame for a covered porch with a ramp at Rose Vineyard’s Bernalillo residence. Courtesy photo.

A group of volunteers has completed an accessibility project at a home in Bernalillo.
Sandoval County Treasurer Jennifer “Jennie” Taylor met Mary Rosa “Rose” Vineyard while campaigning. Vineyard’s front porch was unstable, and its stairs were hard to climb for her 90-year-old mother, who lives with her.
Vineyard also takes care of two grandchildren.
After the election, Taylor donated materials for a more accessible porch and secured help from local contractor Edward Quintana, who started work in March. When Quintana stepped away from the project, Hank Sanchez became the volunteer construction leader, Taylor said.
Sandoval County Sheriff’s Detective Paul Linson connected Sanchez and Taylor. The three of them, plus Tomas Taylor, Santos Taylor, Michelle Sandoval, Connor Linson and Dave Meserve, volunteered their time and completed the porch May 15.
First Assembly Church in Bernalillo and Algodones business owner Charles Tooraen donated “a substantial amount” for the construction materials, Taylor said.
“Although this didn’t work out the way we originally planned, I am so thankful to all those who stepped in and helped me keep my promise to Rose,” she said.

In front from left, volunteers Hank Sanchez, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Detective Paul Linson, Dave Meserve, Connor Linson, Santos Taylor, Sandoval County Treasurer Jennifer Taylor and Tomas Taylor finished building an accessible porch for Bernalillo residents, back from left, Nora Marquez, Rose Vineyard and Kaylani Lopez last weekend. Volunteer Michelle Sandoval isn’t pictured. Courtesy photo.

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