Day of Service from Case Design/Remodeling

05-19-2017

Service projects are not new to Case Design/Remodeling. They are a civic-minded company and have taken part in a variety of volunteer projects throughout their community. This time, however, they were specifically looking for something large enough to engage all of their 45 employees.

Since Case Design/Remodeling is a home remodeling company, they sought out a volunteer opportunity that would allow them to maximize their impact in the community by playing to their strengths. We, at NeighborLink Indianapolis, have PLENTY of projects to offer their very skilled employees to choose from. In addition to giving back to the community, Case Design/Remodeling is able to benefit from the team building opportunity these volunteer experiences tend to provide.

We are extremely excited to be partnering with Case Design/Remodeling this year. They have generously committed to two full days, one on May 19th and the other in the fall, on September 15th. We are anticipating being able to cover six to eight of the larger projects on our waitlist for low-income seniors in Marion County. 

The cases we will be entrusting to Case Design/Remodeling necessitate highly skilled individuals to complete the to-do lists safely and efficiently. A number of these projects include extensive repair to ceilings due to water damage, floor repairs, and kitchen cabinet building. The anticipated value of the work on the projects combined is about $30,000 to $60,000. That is an incredible donation of time, talent, and resources to the people we serve and we can’t thank Case Design/Remodeling enough.

Case Design/Remodeling is a recognized expert in home remodeling, with a proven process that combines innovative design and quality construction all under one roof. Serving the Greater Indianapolis Area for over 13 years, their in-house team of experienced architects, designers, project managers and skilled craftsmen help homeowners achieve their remodeling goals. Their projects come in all shapes and sizes - from complex, large-scale renovations & additions, to basic cosmetic updates. 





Ruth aka Rusty Meyers

12-11-2016

Ruth "Rusty" Meyer, 81, often jokes that she and her 81-year-old house are both going the way of old age.

Meyer, who has lived alone on Indianapolis' near-northeast side for the past 31 years, suffers from vision loss and poor mobility. Her home had serious structural and cleanliness issues that limited her quality of life. The Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) took notice in May 2016 and issued her a citation.

That's where volunteers from NeighborLink Indianapolis came in.

After the MCPDH reached out to NeighborLink Indianapolis, professional tradesmen, church groups, businesses and kind-hearted individuals collectively volunteered for the next two months in home improvement, plumbing, maintenance and cleaning to helping Meyer stay in her home--all at no cost to her.

Meyer, who retired from AAA Travel after 40 years, is a keen, introverted woman with a love for art, classical music and history, especially Arthurian legends. She's maintained few friendships over the years, but she regularly goes grocery shopping once a month with a neighbor. She pays for groceries with her monthly social security paycheck, her only source of income.

Meyer said that she usually prefers the company of animals than people. She cares for several neighborhood cats, which she affectionately names.

Although Meyer maintains an independent lifestyle, her home was in a desperate situation. Faulty wiring caused a fire that ravaged the house, requiring the flooring be torn out to the subfloor. Meyer suffered a fall several years ago, and while she was in rehab she came home to find her house burglarized with broken windows.

Her floors and windows have since been repaired, but the house still needed improvements.

Plumbing, maintenance and repairs aside, Meyer had also accumulated enough possessions over the years to constitute a hoarding problem. Narrow corridors carved through the crowded house were the only way to get around.

While Meyer said she knows she had too many possessions, she said it is difficult to let go."When a person of my age has things taken from them, it's like they've lost a part of themselves," Meyer said. "You start to forget you who you are."

Meyer did not have a functional stove with which to cook, and she kept her food in a single mini-fridge. She kept her cat food in another mini-fridge that didn't work properly.

Since NeighborLink Indianapolis got involved with Meyer's case, volunteers managed to perform exterior and interior repairs to the house. Missing gutter pieces were replaced, and the guttering around her home was fixed. A sagging structural area above her front door was repaired so that the door could open and close. Her toilet has been replaced, and repairs to her bathroom have made it once again accessible. She's been given a microwave to cook with, and her cupboard is now full of canned foods.

The exterior of the house has been given a fresh coat of paint, and shrubbery cleared from the side of the home means utility meters can be accessed.

"Now the meter man can get an accurate reading of my meter instead of just making an estimate," Meyer said.

Nearly 20 volunteers helped Meyer clean her floors of possessions, and NeighborLink Indianapolis board member Jeanette Jefferis even spent evenings sitting down with Meyer to go through her collection to help her to decide what to part with.Meyer's home still could use some work. Improvements made thus far, however, have made an impact on Meyer's quality of living. New flooring in the kitchen, cleared clutter and methods of organizing plus a generally more walk-way friendly home have made a big difference in Meyer's ability to move around and care for her feline friends. She's also able to continue submitting artwork to the State Fair, which she has done for the past several years.

To get involved with projects helping Indianapolis residents like Meyer, visit NeighborLink Indianapolis' website to see open projects in need of volunteers. If you're short on time, consider making a donation to NeighborLink Indianapolis.

What is NeighborLink Indianapolis

10-27-2016

Background of NeighborLink's Home Repair Program

NeighborLink Indianapolis is a small 501(c)3 charity that serves Indianapolis and Marion County Indiana. Our mission is to assist low-income and seniors with disabilities with home repairs necessary to remain in their own homes safely and with a measure of dignity.

We provide free home repair and maintenance services in 11 specific categories to very low-income seniors within Marion County Indiana, including:

  1. Plumbing and heating services
  2. Electrical safety
  3. Ceiling and wall repair
  4. Floor and tripping hazard issues
  5. Roofing problems
  6. Water penetration
  7. Maintenance related painting
  8. Yard work
  9. Major cleanup services
  10. Safety and accessibility (rails, grab bars, handles, bathroom accessibility, etc.)
  11. Help resolving Health Department citations

Learn more about how we work and how we are funded.

What we do

10-27-2016

NeighborLink Indy provides free home repair and maintenance services in 11 specific categories to very low-income seniors within Marion County Indiana. These include

  1. Plumbing and heating services
  2. Electrical safety
  3. Ceiling and wall repair
  4. Floor and tripping hazard issues
  5. Roofing problems
  6. Water penetration
  7. Maintenance related painting
  8. Yard work
  9. Major cleanup services
  10. Safety and accessibility(rails, grab bars, handles, bathroom accessibility, etc.)
  11. Help resolving HealthDepartment citations

To understand the impact we have follow this link

Why we do it

10-27-2016

The need:

According to The Center forHousing Policy "By 2050, the population of individuals aged 65 or older will increase 120 percent from 40 million to more than 88 million; put another way, one in every five Americans will be 65+. The numbers of Americans aged 85or older will more than triple over the same period to 19 million."

Most recent Census Bureau data indicates there are nearly 10,000 senior citizens owning their own homes inMarion County Indiana, who also have incomes at or below national household poverty levels. For these seniors, when their homes have a significant failure such asa leaking roof, a furnace that won't heat, a toilet that won't flush, they have few or no options. Calling a repairman is simply not affordable. When their deteriorating health demands home modifications for accessibility reasons,again there are no realistic options beyond a long wait for a few openings in overburdened government programs. With the huge predicted growth in our population of seniors, we need new solutions, especially for the most at risk seniors. The NeighborLink home repair program offers a new model for community involvement and a grassroots approach that allows multiple parties to contribute as they are best equipped to contribute, be that money, skills,time, materials, or leadership.

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