Mending Homes

Mending Homes in the Appalachia also Mends Hearts.

June 27, 2012

Mending Homes

Mending Homes in the Appalachia also Mends Hearts.

June 27, 2012

Many of the homes we work with are in such disrepair that they are unlivable, but the expense of the repairs required is oftentimes too much for the residents to afford.

Every year Americans Helping Americans helps fund volunteer groups assisting people like Mrs. Carpenter, an elderly woman in a hazardous living situation, with vital home repairs; vastly improving their quality of life. Read Mrs. Carpenter’s story…

Mrs. Carpenter is an 81-year-old lady who lives alone in a small trailer in Morristown, Tennessee.
A few months ago, Mrs. Carpenter fell in her home and suffered an injury to her hip. This was likely caused by the poor condition of her floors. When we arrived, she had not taken a bath or shower for several months because she was unable to get in and out of her bathtub. The staff of Appalachian Outreach joined with volunteers from the James Madison University and repaired the flooring in her living room, kitchen, hallway, and bathroom. New sub-flooring and finished tile flooring was installed.

In addition, a new walk-in shower was installed in her bathroom along with a new chair-height commode and vanity.

Finally, the rear porch was repaired and a new roof built in order to provide better access into her trailer. Mrs. Carpenter was elated with the changes to her home and she is now able to get around safely and is also able to bathe without fear of injury.

Submitted by Appalachian Outreach in TN

 

Related Blogs

Announcing Veterans Supportive Housing

Announcing Veterans Supportive Housing

Americans Helping Americans® is pleased to announce the implementation of our new Veterans Housing Support (VHS) program, an innovative and person-centered program dedicated to empowering veterans experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity in Fairfax County,...

Repairing and Rebuilding Homes, and Lives

Repairing and Rebuilding Homes, and Lives

Rebuilding Homes and Lives in the Heart of Appalachia In rural Appalachia, the arrival of spring is a spectacle of nature's revival, with early bloomers and budding trees painting the landscape in vibrant colors. Yet, beyond nature's beauty, spring marks a season of...

Want2Work students are winning awards and landing jobs!

Want2Work students are winning awards and landing jobs!

Through the Americans Helping Americans® Want2Work initiative, our partners – the Lee County and the Estill County Area Technology Centers (ATC), both located in Kentucky, and the Lee County Career and Technical Center (CTC) in Virginia – are helping to ensure that...