Shirley Simpson is a retiree from Ford Motor Company after 32 years. She worked at the Rawsonville Plant/ UAW Local 898 and retired from the Sheldon Road Plant/ UAW Local 845. In June 2014, she experienced an unexpected medical condition and found herself stranded in a wheel chair at a rehabilitation center for 4 months. She could not return home until she could get a ramp built to get into her home. “We all know that when we are in familiar surroundings and especially our own home, we feel better and heal faster” says Lori Simpson, Shirley’s daughter.
The UAW/Ford Community Service Team, under the direction of UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles and Bill Dirksen, Vice President of Labor Affairs for Ford Motor Company, went to her home and built Shirley a ramp so she could return home to heal. Shirley, along with her family, are thankful for this Fall blessing from her Union and to Ford for making it possible for her to return home.
Prior to this unfortunate situation, Shirley was the pianist at the Second Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, MI, and is now working towards being able to go back to church, as well playing her beloved piano for the congregation again.