AGING IN PLACE IN THEIR OWN HOME
Providing resources and manpower to help seniors with basic home maintenance
An uncomfortable home is difficult to live in, and high utility bills force low-income seniors to make difficult decisions with their meager income. Most of these decisions come down to choosing between buying food and medicine or paying their high utility bills. HopeWorks provides Weatherization Services, for qualifying low-income seniors, through our partnership with Georgia Power. Home weatherization helps to make their home more energy efficient and comfortable, while lowering their utility bills and saving them money.
Gas Furnace and Gas Water Heater Program
When a gas furnace or gas water heater stops working, it is a crisis for a low-income senior. Replacing a non-functioning furnace or water heater is not financially feasible for most low-income senior homeowners. They are forced to go without or resort to unsafe ways to heat their homes. HopeWorks Emergency Low-Income Program for Seniors (H.E.L.P.S.), sponsored by Atlanta Gas Light, provides a way to repair these appliances at no cost to qualifying low-income senior homeowners.
HopeWorks Now Helping Low-income Seniors in 7 Major Cities in Georgia
Mrs. Mack is an 82-year-old widow who had a 43-year-old water heater, that, believe it or not, was still working. “My water heater was old, old, old!”, she told us. Mrs. Mack knew that her water heater was working on borrowed time, so she contacted our friends at City of Savannah Housing who referred her to HopeWorks. She now has a new water heater and peace-of-mind knowing she will have all the hot water she needs for years to come.
HopeWorks is now actively helping low-income seniors like Mrs. Mack in Rome, metro Atlanta, Gainesville, Athens, Macon, Savannah, and Brunswick. In 2020, HopeWorks will begin helping seniors in the Valdosta area as well.
Mrs. Mack, like many of the widows we serve, relies on the Lord to supply her needs. “I pray every morning before starting the day or even answering the phone. It’s a blessing how God works all kinds of miracles, even today.”