CAMBRIDGE — Habitat for Humanity Choptank hosted a Senior Resource Fair and Home Show for community members in Cambridge Tuesday, Aug. 20.
About 100 people and 30 vendors attended the free event at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Attendees visited with local businesses and organizations for home repair information, and saw home maintenance demonstrations geared for older adults and family members. The attendees also received a free lunch and tickets for door prizes and gift raffles.
“The home show really focuses on getting people to think about their plan for staying in their home as they age,” Habitat Choptank’s Neighborhood Revitalization Manager Rhodana Fields said. “We focus on tools and tips for putting together their plan, such as what type of work is needed for preventive maintenance to make staying at home affordable for everyone. We share resources about what you can do yourself as well as finding resources in the community that can help people pay for repairs.”
National partners The Hartford and AARP attended the home show to offer advices and services to seniors. The show featured the AARP Foundation’s Here to Stay: Home Upkeep for All home maintenance workshop series. The workshop series included 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.
“It is exciting to get our national funders to come to Cambridge,” Fields said. “It shows a commitment by the national partners to support the small markets. It is great for the citizens of Dorchester County to know there are resources available to them.”
“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.
Other organizations to participate at the home show included the Pauline F. and W. David Robbins YMCA, 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.
“We provide a lot of medical equipment to patients through insurance and over the counter,” Craig’s Drug Store Respiratory Therapist Nikki Shorts said. “A lot of times, patients and senior citizens are not aware of what is available. We try to come to all of these events to show what resources are available to them.”
Local contractors presented and demonstrate home maintenance projects such as lightning, decks, roofs, paint, steps, safety, mold and mildew prevention and combating leaks.
The AARP Foundation funding also supports 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.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity Choptank or the process for applying for home repairs, contact Fields at 410-476-3204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.