Lambton Seniors gets renewed funding for ‘handyman/handywoman’ program

$35,200 a year for next three years will help keep seniors in their own homes

Florian Bronsard works with the Lambton Seniors Association's "Handyman/Handywoman" program.
Florian Bronsard works with the Lambton Seniors Association's "Handyman/Handywoman" program.

The Lambton Seniors Association has received funding from the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton in the amount of $35,200 each year for the next three years.

The organization will use the funds to continue providing its “Handyman/Handywoman” service, which helps seniors in Lambton County to remain safely in their own homes.

The services address safety issues as well as regular home upkeep at affordable rates, according to the organization.

“We are extremely grateful that the United Way has agreed to our continued funding at a time when the need for funding of various organizations is at an all-time high,” said Jim Houston, who chairs the Lambton Seniors Association. “We will strive to prove our value to them and to the community.”

Through the “Handyman/Handywoman” program, the Lambton Seniors Association provides reliable, safe, pre-screened individuals to perform light and general maintenance work at the homes of seniors.  Lambton Seniors provides the workers for a nominal cost to do various work such as installing grab bars in bathrooms, additional handrails up and down stair cases, checking smoke detector batteries and changing light bulbs, minor home repairs and yard maintenance.  Sometimes the workers may even just provide a second opinion for seniors getting quotes on larger home projects like roofs.

One of the three focus areas the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton funds is programs geared for seniors.  “Our key elements for our seniors funding is to provide programs that keep seniors, healthy, safe, and independent.  In fact, we have increased the amount of funding for seniors programs to 27% of all available allocations,” said Pam Gallant, the United Way’s Community Investment Chair.

Gallant said the Lambton Seniors Association plays a vital role in a number of key elements, including social interaction, health, nutrition, and home safety and fall prevention.

For more information about the Lambton Seniors’ Association Handyman/Handywoman Program please call (519) 339-8866

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