Neighbors Helping Neighbors
"Thank you! I am so grateful for your help and happy with my new ramp!"
N.R., a Preble Senior Citizen from West Alexandria approached us at the Preble County Expo two years ago about getting help with a handicapped modification to her home. N.R. was mobile most of the time with the use of either a cane or walker, depending on how she felt each day. N.R.’s home had four steps leading up to her front door.
On days that N.R. had to use her walker, or if she had items to carry into the house, she literally had to sit on the steps raising up to the next step dragging her items behind her. Not only was this getting more difficult she lived on a main street in the village and was embarrassed. The HIT Foundation, through use of the Ohio Development Services Emergency Home Repair grant, was able to install a permanent ramp at her residence.
This year at the Preble County Expo N.R. stopped by again but this time to say, “Thank you!”
"We are very appreciative of the help we received and can’t imagine where we would be if we hadn’t entered the program."
In 2012 a family contacted the HIT Foundation for assistance that had been in and out of homelessness, occasionally living out of motels until they couldn’t afford it any longer and had to enter the homeless shelter. Even though living in this situation, the family had managed to keep their oldest 2 children in college.
The family entered our “New Beginnings” program funded through an Ohio Development Services Agency Homeless Assistance Grant (supplemental grant funds provided by the Ohio Department of Mental Health). Since entering this program both parents have found full time stable employment. Through services provided by the program they have learned how to manage their finances better and establish some savings.
The family endured some tough months that included layoffs and medical obstacles but were still able to maintain their housing because they were financially prepared.