We’ve seen it all: blistering heat, freezing temperatures, and this year, torrential downpours. But in spite of the flash floods and thunderstorms plaguing Central Indiana on the morning of Sept. 19, about 100 hardy souls turned out for CICOA’s sixth annual Safe at Home event.
Safe at Home is a high-impact, half-day of service for low-income homeowners over the age of 60. The event is held each year in September on a Saturday near the first day of fall and in conjunction with National Fall Prevention Awareness Week. Since the program began in 2010, CICOA has helped more than 100 older adults, engaged 900 volunteers and invested nearly $150,000 in 135 homes.
This year, volunteers worked to improve safety and accessibility in 17 homes in Indy’s United North East neighborhood. The kickoff was hosted indoors at the Little Bethel Crosstown Community Center, and as the storm subsided, volunteers dispersed to 17 nearby homes. There they made safety and accessibility modifications to help prevent falls: installing handrails, grab bars, hand-held shower heads, lever door handles and nightlights. They also performed yard cleanup projects, such as trimming bushes, removing debris, and planting mums.
We certainly hope you can join us in September 2016! It will be a uniquely fun day and a great opportunity to give to the community. If you have any questions, please call or email Dan Amonett at 317-803-6079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.