Sometimes seniors find themselves experiencing overwhelming home repair needs like needing a new roof, a furnace repair, a leaky water pipe or a wheelchair ramp installed. Sometimes home repair needs are as simple as changing an HVAC filter or a few ceiling light bulbs. Often, though, because of limited fixed incomes or lack of family nearby, needed home maintenance and/or repairs go by the wayside. Over time, the negligence of this only compounds, causing additional problems.
Some of the repairs mentioned above are best carried out by skilled teams or individuals who are professionally trained in those areas. Friends, many times, will help with the cost of materials while skilled volunteers or professionals execute the repair. If you have a particular skill, license or certification and are interested in helping Friends, please be sure to note your expertise in the “comments” section when completing the form to the right. If you do not have a particular skill but want to assist with some of the lighter situations or work with a skilled team, please indicate that when submitting your information.
If interested in donating to this cause, a gift of any size is always appreciated and can be realized by completing the form on the right, selecting "Donate" from the dropdown box under "I would like to:" and completing the transaction at the bottom. For guided giving, consider the following:
- $100 to cover materials for a wheelchair ramp
- $1,000 for a major electrical/plumbing repair;
- $1,500 for a roof replacement.
Austell, Georgia, November 2, 2009: A contractor making repairs to a home flooded during the severe storms and flooding in September 2009. David Fine/FEMA