Over the years the Rowes have turned to H.O.M.E. several times for upkeep and repair including weatherization, painting and, just this fall, a new hot water heater. Your support for that work means the inside of the Rowes’ house in the Rosemoor community on the South Side, where they live with their dog, Lucky, is just as warm as their marriage of 55 years.
Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.
As we prepare for Giving Tuesday again on December 3, 2019, we’re proud to share stories that demonstrate both the impact of your support and also the diversity of experiences among the seniors who have benefited from the generosity of our supporters.
"When I lost my apartment and I needed help...you guys were my angels on earth."
Like most older adults who move, Denise needed to find a new apartment by necessity. When she needed help with the process, she was able to turn to H.O.M.E. because donors like you support our Moving Program.
"I've seen the beautiful work you've done!"
Priscilla is a 72 year old homeowner and lives on a fixed income.
"I live paycheck to paycheck - only my Social Security. I don't have savings. How can you save if everything goes to the last penny?"
It was a chilly day but Jean insisted on waiting for H.O.M.E.'s Shopping Bus outside the building where she lives in an affordable supportive living apartment.
When the bus pulled up, her neighbors joined her on the curb to go to the store to purchase food and other home supplies. The Shopping Bus program, supported by donors like you, helps seniors like Jean get goods they need. But it also helps seniors stay engaged and fulfilled.
“I remember thinking, ‘I have no home now. I’m destitute.’”
Natalie didn't know what to do when she found herself with no where to live. Thanks to donors like you, Natalie found a home and a community that supports her in H.O.M.E.'s Intergenerational Housing program. You gave her hope.
"[I have an] increased knowledge that there are still good people in the world. People that came to my home were friendly and professional."
Each year, nearly 500 H.O.M.E. volunteers give seniors comfort and joy. You can give hope to seniors today.
Our Shopping Bus helps seniors living in affordable senior buildings all throughout Chicago. Our bus driver Ernest is beloved by riders who he helps to get from their residence to grocery stores where they can shop for groceries, medication, and household items.
96-year-old Velma loves this program, and Ernest. She says, "I'm not too steady on my feet so one day I asked Ernest to help me [around the store] and he's helped me ever since."
“It was so hard on me. I’d lived in that house since I was 9-going-on-10.”
Bernadette recently moved from her family home where she’d lived since 1962. She said she couldn’t have done it without help.