DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Rebuilding Together Dayton will hold its 27th annual National Reconstruction Day this Saturday, cleaning up neighborhoods and renovating homes for seniors who want to age in place.
The group along with 700 to 800 volunteers will be there to help low-income seniors in Montgomery County, with a select group receiving.
President and CEO of Rebuilding Together Dayton Amy Radachi said: “Over the past 27 years we have seen more and more seniors want to age in place, not move to an assisted living facility. So when we do work on their home, we allow them to stay in their home, but we also support the neighborhood and stabilize the area. »
James Tronton has lived in his current home since he was 5 years old and is one of the recipients of the renovations. Volunteers will replace the flooring, upgrade his bathroom and repair his shed, all things he said he couldn’t afford.
“Well, it’s been a blessing to me, God said, because I wouldn’t have been able to do it myself,” said Renovation recipient James Thornton. “None of the things the reconstruction people did for me that I wouldn’t have been able to do or do.”
One of Rebuilding Together Dayton’s missions is to improve the quality of life for seniors across the county, and organizers say volunteers get as much out of the projects as those they help.
“It’s very rewarding to work with older people who, without us, might have to leave their homes or live in an unsafe environment,” Radachi said.
The organization will partner with the American Red Cross and the Sound the Alarm campaign to install smoke detectors in Madden Hills and Edgemont. They do not need additional volunteers for this event, but are looking for volunteers for future initiatives.
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