I am very delighted to introduce you all to a very special client – Ms. Joan. What makes Ms. Joan special is that she is the first client to benefit from all of the Home Repair Services that HFHMM has to offer. Ms. Joan has been served through the Montgomery County Homeowner Energy Efficiency Program, Weatherization Program, Home Repair Program, and our newest the CAPABLE Program.
Ms. Joan moved into her Montgomery County home in 1996 after leaving her native home in British Guyana (a country located in South America) and since then has retired from a long and fruitful career in accounting. These days, you can find Ms. Joan at home enjoying life with her daughter, growing plants, and taking daily walks throughout her neighborhood.
Ms. Joan first came to Habitat through the Montgomery County Homeowner Energy Efficiency Program where she received appliance upgrades at no cost to her. She received brand new energy star certified clothes washer/dryer and refrigerator and attic insulation and fan! But the work didn’t stop there – she also applied for our CAPABLE program so that she could work with an Occupational Therapist and a Registered Nurse and receive accessibility modifications. We were also able to provide larger repair/weatherization items because Ms. Joan qualified for our traditional Home Repair and Weatherization Programs. Examples of the work include:
- Replacement of faucets with lever style handles
- Installation of grab bars in the bathroom
- Installation of a railing along the exterior wall by her driveway
- Replacement of her boiler, chimney liner and thermostat
- Gutter replacement
- Air sealing measures
We asked Ms. Joan if she wanted to share what her experience was like throughout this process and here is what she had to say:
“The repair and weatherization program was very helpful financially, since I am retired and have a limited income. I also appreciated the safety features, such as the grab bars in the bathrooms and the handrail along the driveway. The CAPABLE Program was informative in the prevention of falls and helpful with health issues. I am very thankful to Habitat for Humanity for making it easier for me to remain in my home as I get older.”
If you or someone you know is interested in receiving any of the services mentioned above, please visit our home repair services website and see what program works best for you! https://www.habitatmm.org/home+repair