Wednesday, April 27, 2011

SCS Kicks Off Older Americans Month with SWEEP! Day

Mrs. Young has lived in Atlanta her entire life, but recently has found it difficult to maintain her Vine City home. Because of family medical issues and her advancing age, she is not able to maintain her yard and do the exterior painting that she would like to do.

Mrs. Young is one of ten older home owners who will receive needed home repairs on Saturday, May 7th. Senior Citizen Services will hold its annual SWEEP! Day for their HOMES Program (Home Owner Maintenance and Enhancement for Seniors). The event will take place from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm based at the Fulton County New Horizons Neighborhood Senior Center. SWEEP! is a focused, high-impact event celebrating Older Americans Month. On the morning of May 7th, a volunteer team will “sweep” through each sponsored home and perform improvements inside and out. Improvements will include painting (inside and out), yard maintenance, gutter cleaning, and minor carpentry. SWEEP! will target ten homes in this event and will host an after-party for volunteers, homeowners, their guests, and donors.

“I like the outside of my home to look nice. But after retiring from Sears in 2006, I don’t have the money it takes,” stated Mrs. Young.

The HOMES Program provides minor home repairs, enhancements, and yard work to senior homeowners (age 60 an older) living in metro Atlanta. The HOMES program completes nearly 500 homes each year and is supported by The Fulton County Board of Commissioners/ Fulton County Human Services Grants program, The Home Depot Foundation, Thanks Mom and Dad Fund, and other individuals and foundations.

For more information or to register to volunteer, please visit or call 404-351-3889.

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