Home Repair Assistance
Elderly and disabled clients residing in Jefferson and Hardin counties who have unmet needs following Hurricane Harvey may be eligible to receive vital home repairs through our Client Assessment & Home Repair Assistance Program.
Through this program, we provide major & minor home safety repairs and accessibility modifications for eligible senior and disabled clients who have sustained damages to their home as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Additionally, a Social Worker assesses the mental health of each client who may be struggling after having experienced the turmoil that a natural disaster may cause. In some cases, referrals may be provided to better assist the client in the recovery process.
In August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey came ashore, roaring into Texas and Louisiana. Trapped between weather systems, Harvey sat in place over Southeast Texas for days, dumping trillions of gallons of rain and spawning unprecedented flooding. Harvey set the record as the wettest tropical cyclone ever to hit the contiguous United States, and tied with Katrina as one of the costliest tropical cyclones in history. More than 75 people died in Texas, and billions of dollars in damages were incurred.
In the aftermath of Harvey, Nutrition & Services for Seniors immediately took action to help our clients and our community. The impact of this rare storm affected both of the counties in our 1,800 square mile service area, therefore making the need for our services even greater. In preparation of the inclement weather from Harvey, Nutrition and Services for Seniors distributed two shelf-stable meals to each of our clients while we were still able to safely reach their residence. While both counties we serve were facing mass devastation as the storm ensued, we only missed one full day of service before taking all actions necessary to care for our homebound neighbors. We immediately brought together a team of staff and community volunteers to distribute shelf stable meals to each home bound client who could be safely reached. With no power and an unexpected water outage among both counties, we also partnered with the City of Beaumont in distributing water to our clients who were unable to evacuate their homes. In addition to our water distribution partnership with the City of Beaumont, we also began fielding 3-1-1 calls from our offices to better serve the needs of our community. Post Harvey, we were heartbroken by the existing need our home bound senior and disabled clients were still facing as a result of the damages they sustained from this disaster and wanted to do more. It is our mission to give our clients the opportunity to lead quality lives while maintaining dignity and independence, therefore we became dedicated to establishing the Client Assessment and Home Repair Assistance Program to better help our clients recover from this devastating loss. Through this program we are giving back to our senior and disabled clients in ways we never dreamed. We are providing vital home repairs and accessibility modifications to Harvey affected homes that are helping our clients to remain living indepedently at home, but not alone.
For questions about our Client Assessment & Home Repair Assistance Program, please feel free to call us at (409)892-4455.
"The repairs done to my home by the Home Repair Assistance Program was something that I really needed. I especially appreciate how the Nutrition & Services for Seniors program staff were caring and had such compassion for me. They made me feel like it wasn't just a job; they really cared about me and what happened to me in my home, and for that I am so thankful."
- Home Repair Program client