Donna – East 117th Street
Donna experienced a fall in her bathtub when she lost her balance and had nothing to help stabilize her. Rebuilding Together was able to install a grab bar in Donna’s tub to help her maintain her balance.
“The grab bar attached to the walls of the shower gives me balance and stability and has brought me joy! I thank you guys so much for helping me feel more stable, safe, and secure in my home.”
Rebuilding Together was also able to address 4 other indicators of safe and healthy housing in Donna’s home, including: the homeowner having a safe ingress and egress to the home, porches and decks having secure guardrails, stairs and steps having secure handrails that meet the occupant’s needs, and main rooms and stairs being free of tripping hazards. These repairs and modifications brought her overall safe and healthy housing score from a 12 out of 25 to a 17 out of 25.
Ruby – East 73rd Street
Ruby was in need of repairs to improve accessibility within her home, but was unable to afford repairs and was physically incapable of completing them herself. Rebuilding Together was able to provide Ruby with the repairs and modifications she needed to allow her to move more freely within her home, such as high-rise toilets, handrails inside the home, and guardrails outside the home.
“Thank you! I am so thankful for this program for helping me. Thanks to all from the bottom of my heart. I couldn’t afford any of the many things that needed to be done. The toilets were really needed. I am 82 years old so I couldn’t do the repairs myself and could never pay someone to do them. Your program was a life saver for me.”
Mary – Grantwood Avenue
Before being served by Rebuilding Together, Mary lacked the necessary home repairs and modifications to make her home safe and accessible. Her home did not have the grab bars, handrails, smoke and CO detectors, or bathroom modifications necessary to allow her to live safely and independently in her home.
Through the Safe at Home Program, Rebuilding Together was able to address 8 safe and healthy housing indicators in Mary’s home, including: having a safe ingress and egress to the home, porches and decks having secure guardrails, having a working smoke detector on each floor, having a working co detector, having a currently dated ABC fire extinguisher, having modifications to toilets and tubs, having grab bars strategically placed for those at risk of falls, and stairs and steps having secure handrails. The work done brought Mary’s overall safe and healthy housing score from a 14 out of 25 to a 22 out of 25.
“The work done in the bathroom and the banister for my front porch steps made the biggest difference for me. The Rebuilding Together staff were professional, excellent, and polite. On a scale of one to ten, they received 10 bonus points.”