AAWGT: Over 10 years of making a difference in our community!
2015 Grantee: Rebuilding Together AAC
Providing Home Repairs
Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County's mission is to repair and revitalize the homes of low-income homeowners & to improve the communities where these neighbors live, to include elderly, single parent and disabled persons in Anne Arundel County, MD, keeping them warm, safe, dry and independent.
Fran, an elderly widow in Annapolis, surviving on her small social security payments found herself in a dire situation. Her front roof was leaking and water was damaging her walls and ceiling. She needed major electrical work, to include replacing a standard indoor outlet that was installed outside near the roof. Her home was in dire need of sheetrock repair in many rooms, and painting. Her tub/shower was unusable due to the wall rot and missing tiles and needed to be removed and replaced. Her deck was unsafe due to missing/rotted boards that needed to be replaced. Old windows that wouldn’t open needed to be replaced with new ones. A new screen door needed to be installed.
On 30 April 2016, these renovations were completed and her house was transformed into a home she can live in and maintain with dignity. She couldn’t believe how much her life had just improved. She will now live independently in her own home, and be able to age in place.
And that’s just one of six incredible stories! An elderly disabled woman in Severn now has a new aluminum handicap ramp, and can exit her home by herself for the first time in years. An elderly disabled woman in Brooklyn Park is no longer being evicted due to an HOA ordinance and lien against her home for extensive yard maintenance (a large area of brush, bushes, trash debris, and weeds, etc that had become a breeding ground for insects and vermin). A disabled woman in Glen Burnie now has a usable kitchen and bathroom that were destroyed by water damage. An elderly disabled woman in Glen Burnie now has a new roof and is no longer in danger of losing her home. Other repairs included sheetrock repair, necessary electrical repairs, closet bi-fold door replacement, interior painting, fascia painting, chimney crack repair, and new smoke detectors. And a single elderly disabled woman in Edgewater had repairs done to fix a foundation crack, plus necessary painting, baseboard/molding replacement, deck boards repaired, extensive electrical work, and safe and healthy housing fixes to include grab bar installations.
Rebuilding Together AAC leveraged the AAWGT grant to accomplish these six life-altering projects, adding value to the neighborhoods of those homes, and the ones nearby, and helped keep long-time residents in their own home. Over 400 volunteers were engaged to make this difference!
Seniors Helping Seniors, U.S. Naval Academy keep disabled homeowner from losing home
Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County, Seniors Helping Seniors, U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen and community members assist an elderly disabled woman in need of extensive yard work to include removing trees, brush and leaves in Brooklyn Park, Md., April 30, 2016, as part of National Rebuilding Month. The home owners association and county has threatened a lien and taking away her home. (Photos by Joseph Coslett)