Silver Spring Village, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that offers needed services and programs for adults who wish to “age in place” – to remain as long as possible in their own homes, amid familiar people and surroundings, and engaged in the community.
Through a pilot program with Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland, two homeowners in the “Village” will receive home modifications worth up to $15,000 each, to improve safety and accessibility plus a one-year membership in the Silver Spring Village.
Adele, one of the applicants to the pilot program, has been living in her home since 1984. She had a career with the NSA when she was diagnosed with MS. That was about 40 years ago. Two years ago Adele’s husband passed away suddenly. She wants to continue living in her home because she has good neighbors who look in on her, and she can attend church services where she once sang in the choir. Despite her limited mobility, Adele practices yoga, and volunteers at Shepherd’s Table when she can.
Upon qualifying Adele for the work that needed to be done in her home, Habitat staff did a Scope of Work audit and determined the health and safety issues that needed to be addressed. Once the priorities were established, Habitat staff created a budget and determined funding sources for completing the work.
With Habitat’s professional staff and volunteers, the work began in earnest, including the installation of an Aluminum ADA Ramp to the front entrance of the home, new roof and gutters, replacement of the refrigerator and stove, grab bars in the bathroom, door knobs changed over to levers, kitchen faucet and utility sink replacement, minor electrical repairs, and weatherization of the home including insulation, air sealing, ventilation improvement and installation of a dryer vent to the outside.
We are grateful to organizations who helped provide the funding for this project, including AARP, Weinberg Foundation, and the Montgomery County Council’s allocation for seniors living in Montgomery County Villages.
For more information about Habitat’s repair and weatherization program visit our web site at www.habitatmm.org