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CE builds 'fix-it' program for elderly, but needs help

Monday, November 17, 2003

A new Storm Lake program is seeking to connect senior citizens in need with handy people who can help to do necessary projects around their homes and yards.

CommUnity Education is starting "Handy Helpers" to answer the need.

"Several elderly people have expressed to us the need to find people who can take on small odd jobs. They may not be physically able to do a task, or in several cases we have seen women living alone who may have a difficult time finding someone to do a home project or upkeep job," said CommUnity Education Director Pat Cowen.

Having a resource for help can assist people to live independently in their homes longer, as well as help maintain housing quality and peace of mind for the elderly, planners feel.

Both volunteers and those who would ask a reasonable fee for services may apply to be on the "Handy Helpers" list. This list will be for use by the elderly only, who will be able to contact the CommUnity Education office for contact names to suit their needs.

Experienced "fix-it" people should contact CommUnity Ed at 732-7511 by November 20 to get on the list. Seniors may call CE after that date for names and numbers.

"So far we have only a few people signed up to offer the services, so we hope to have a good response in the next few days," Cowen said.

"We will not be recommending anyone in particular - just giving out the names that can be contacted for assistance," she stressed.

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