Schenectady, New York
Please help us make essential home repairs for low income seniors.
We want seniors and people with disabilities to be able to live safely and independently in the homes and communities they love. We provide free home safety inspections and a wide variety of handy person services that help maintain homes inside and out, and provide things like shopping, meal prep, and companionship for those who need them. Most of these jobs are done by retirees, who either volunteer their time or earn just $12/hr for what they do. This model has worked for us for over 22 years, and helped thousands of older homeowners age in place.
Of the approximately 500 households we serve, over 150 are low-income. They find themselves juggling grocery and medical bills with other essential expenses, like taxes and utilities. In many cases there just isn't anything left over for things like home maintenance. This has an impact not only on their self-esteem and quality of life, but can sometimes be dangerous and almost always leads to much more costly problems as time goes on.
For the past few years we've been working hard to raise funds so these seniors can take care of their homes...and their self esteem. We've helped with essential repairs like plumbing, electrical work, painting, and carpentry work, along with more routine jobs. There is always more to do!
Using the "seniors helping seniors" model, Umbrella provides home maintenance and other non-healthcare services to senior and disabled homeowners in four counties of upstate New York. We ...read more
We provide home maintenance and other services that enable seniors and people with disabilities to live safely and independently in their own homes and remain involved in their communities....read more