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Home rehab brings out warmhearted

Volunteers help spruce up seniors’ homes

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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:38 am

Scores of generous Coastsiders left their homes early on Saturday to improve safety and accessibility in the homes of their senior neighbors in the 22nd annual Senior Coastsiders Home Rehab Day.

In this event, local volunteers pitch in to do light repair work on the homes of elderly Coastsiders.

For the second year, though, adverse weather conditions of wind and rain made it impossible to finish outdoor work on the homes, forcing the event to be spread over two days, June 2 and June 9.

“We are lucky enough to have people from all around and give of their time on two different Saturdays to make the homes of seniors on the Coastside safer and more accessible,” said Senior Coastsiders Program Manager Vicki Cormack.

More than 50 volunteers participated in 24 projects. Some volunteers participated individually and others were part of groups from local businesses and social organizations including VISA, the local chapter of the Odd Fellows and the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay.

The projects they worked on involved painting, stair or hand-rail repair, installation of grab bars or smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, rain gutter or downspout repairs, yard cleanup and more.

Of those projects, said Cormack, 10 were completed by individuals on June 2. Others were more extensive and required specialized work by sheet metal, roofing or plumbing professionals and took a little longer.

Local contractors who supported the event by donating a portion of labor or materials include Kensit Plumbing, Don Tainer, Ted Rayve, Luz Preciado, Sunrise Painting, Absolute Flooring, Ocean Shore Hardware, Ann Hollingsworth, Ron Carwood and Oscar Garcia, through his company, Ogrcon.

Senior Coastsiders can be reached at 726-9056.

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