Local Council Partners with Resources for Seniors
For several Raleigh, NC area senior homeowners, life just became a little easier. The Remodelors Council of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, teamed up with the nonprofit organization, Resources for Seniors, to build ramps for low-income elderly adults who need them.
Resources for Seniors, founded in 1973, provides a variety of home and community
based services for the elderly. Their Housing and Home Improvement Program makes minor health and safety –related repairs and modifications to houses so that disabled and senior adults can maximize their independence for as long as possible while remaining in their own homes. According to Garman Troup, who directs the program, adding ramps to homes is one of the most important accommodations that can be made for the elderly. “When you build someone a ramp, you set them free – they’re no longer prisoners in their own homes,” says Troup.
Members of the Remodelors Council regularly volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. They work with the Deconstruction Program to remove usable materials from demolition sites to be sold in the ReUse Center.
Like the work they do for Habitat, ramp building requires the skills remodelers use everyday. According to Rick Parker, chair of the Remodelors Council, “We’re proud to be able to use our skills as remodelers to contribute to the community and help some of those in need".
Troup is thrilled to have their help. Most of these seniors have been on a waiting list for several months. Members of the Remodelors Council will build 10 ramps in a single morning and will complete the remaining ramps requested in the next few weeks.
Barry Corbett, a member of the Remodelors Council, says, "It has been a blessing to have the opportunity to lend a hand to help the elderly gain independence in this way. Aging-in-place is an issue that is close to my heart." The other builders agree, time spent assisting those that came before us is a worthwhile endeavor – and they’re happy to help.
For more information on Resources for Seniors and the services and support they provide for seniors and their caregivers, visit http://www.resourcesforseniors.com/
or call 919-872-7933.
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