Habitat for Humanity Choptank to host senior resource fair

Habitat for Humanity Choptank will host a free Senior Resource Fair and Home Show for seniors Tuesday, Aug. 20, at St. Luke United Methodist Church, in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE — Habitat for Humanity Choptank will host a Senior Resource Fair and Home Show for the community on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

This free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 712 Bradley Ave., Cambridge.

Attendees will have the chance to visit with numerous community resources; enjoy a free lunch, door prizes and gift raffles; and meet with program representatives about critical home repairs. From tax prep assistance and health care information to craft and home repair demonstrations, the event will be a fun, informative opportunity for older adults and their family members.

The AARP Foundation’s Here to Stay: Home Upkeep for All home maintenance workshop series for older adults will be featured at the event. The workshop series will include information sessions and hands-on demonstrations. Habitat Choptank is one of only three Habitat affiliates nationwide chosen to implement and test the AARP Foundation’s pilot program.

“This type of support for older adults in our community is key,” said Rhodana Fields, Habitat Choptank’s Neighborhood Revitalization manager. “Through this program, we are able support older adults looking to remain in their homes as they age. These homeowners are an important part of the fabric of their neighborhoods. This all contributes toward building strength, stability and self-reliance in the community.”

Other organizations participating in the event include the YMCA of the Chesapeake, Delmarva Community Services, Mid Shore Pro Bono, Craig’s Pharmacy, Pleasant Day Adult Care, the Bay Area Center for Independent Living and the Dorchester Health Department, as well as area contractors who will present and demonstrate home maintenance projects.

In addition to the workshops, the AARP Foundation funding will support Habitat Choptank’s work to make health and safety repairs for qualifying seniors in Cambridge. Examples of eligible exterior projects include handrails, entry steps or ramps, peeling paint, doors, cracked or broken windows, roof repairs,and porch repairs. Priority will be given to homes that are incurring property maintenance fines from the City of Cambridge.

Interior health and safety projects will include installation of grab bars, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as removal of hazards such as mold or water in the crawl space.

“Here to Stay” is a part of Habitat for Humanity’s national Aging in Place program, which Habitat Choptank has been invested in since 2017. The program aims to improve quality of life for older Americans through home repair and modifications that foster a safe, livable and lasting environment to age in their home and community.

For more information about the Aug. 20 event or the process for applying for home repairs, contact Fields at 410-476-3204 or rfields@habitatchoptank.org.

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