With your support last year, we were able to preserve affordable homeownership and address health and safety hazards at 285 homes, directly impacting the well-being of 392 low-income residents! Together, we:
- Provided accessibility modifications at 105 homes through our Safe at Home program.
- Made critical repairs to 161 homes through our Home Repair program.
- Distributed Safe at Home kits to 122 households with older adults in the home.
- Revitalized and improved six nonprofit facilities and community spaces, impacting the 626 clients served through those facilities.
- Safely partnered with 573 volunteers who gave 4,033 hours of their time to help those in need in our community.
- Partnered with St. Catherine University’s Occupational Therapy program to provide hands-on, field experience for Occupational Therapy students, while also facilitating valuable home assessments for all of our Safe at Home clients.
We helped Diondra, who shares her manufactured home with her partner and their three children. The family was in danger of being evicted because they could not afford to fix their siding. When we visited the home as part of our intake process, we discovered that their furnace and air conditioning also needed to be repaired. The family had been using space heaters and portable air conditioning units which were extremely costly to operate. One of their daughters has a condition that causes her faint if she gets too hot. We installed new siding and replaced the furnace and air conditioning, preventing eviction and homelessness for the family, reduced the family’s energy bills and directly improving the health and well-being of their daughter.
We also assisted Brian, a veteran of the Air Force, and his wife Linda, who live in Dayton’s Bluff. Brian lost one of his lower legs three years ago due to a diabetic infection, and has been struggling to keep up with home repairs he and his wife need. Brian regularly volunteers as a mentor for veterans that were involved in the conflicts in the Middle East, providing friendship and teaching them how to work with stained glass (one of his passions). The work we completed will alleviate stress for Brian and Linda and ensure their home is well-maintained for years to come.
We are thankful for everyone who supported our work in 2022. Together, we will ensure that more of our neighbors in need have a safe and healthy place to call home!