The Hidden Heat Crisis: Protecting Older Adults in Summer

As summer approaches, the warmth and sunshine bring joy to many, but for older adults living in homes needing critical repairs, the season can also pose serious risks. The scorching heat, combined with homes in disrepair, creates a dangerous environment that can threaten the health and safety of our elderly population. Understanding the specific vulnerabilities…

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Mrs. Jacqueline: A Lasting Legacy of Community and Hope

Jacqueline is one of the trailblazers of the Lynwood Park community and is carrying out the legacy of her late parents Bishop Cornelius and Margaret. They migrated to Lynwood Park, one the oldest Black communities in Georgia, in the late 1940s with the dream to build a home of their own and raise their family of…

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Meet Mrs. Chiniqua

Mrs. Chiniqua is loving her golden years in Decatur and Dekalb County. Mrs. Chiniqua was born July 22, 1957, in Chattanooga, TN where she was educated in the public school system with one older brother (deceased) She later moved to Georgia while in the 5th grade and attended the DeKalb Schools and was a track…

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Celebrating Older Americans Month!

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy…

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What is “Aging in Place?”

Through our Aging in Place program, Habitat helps older adults age at home and in communities of their choice. Habitat affiliates collaborate with human services organizations to evaluate individual needs and provide critical home repairs, modifications and community services specific to each homeowner’s lifestyle to preserve their home and their independence. The need Home provides…

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Veteran Home Repair: Mr. Clark

The latest veteran to join our home repair program was Mr. Clark. He is a 67-year young Vietnam Veteran who served from 1974-1977. Mr. Clark, born in Memphis, TN, is permanently disabled due to his experience in the Vietnam War. Mr. Clark has lived a full and productive life. It is a privilege to be…

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Truist Lighthouse Project: Repair work for a deserving senior

Senior Home Repair

The Truist team brought two departments out to volunteer on a Senior Home Repair job for their annual Truist Lighthouse Project. Last year, we welcomed eight hard working volunteers from Truist and this year we had the hands of twenty-three people! We were very grateful for the sizable donation that helped to fund the repair…

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Retirement, a safe home, and time to make a difference

Time to make a difference

It is inspiring to see a senior home repair project be a group event. Impressive things can happen when people and organizations come together. This happened for a deserving retiree from the United States Postal Service recently. Eight volunteers from Truist and our construction team – mostly volunteers themselves – completed many home repair projects…

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Lending hands and hearts to keep seniors at home safely

Lending hands and hearts

Another successful home repair project is underway at Habitat DeKalb for deserving senior, Ms. Debbie of DeKalb County. The construction team, aided by dedicated volunteers, have accomplished many of the repairs included in the project with more planned for the near future. Debbie’s home repair project was made possible through a grant provided by Wells…

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