GENESEO — A recent contribution by State Farm made it possible for volunteers with Rebuilding Together Henry County to complete housing repairs to the homes of two senior citizens in Cambridge.
The funds, provided by the State Farm Good Neighbor philanthropy program, were earmarked for the projects.
Sarah Snyder, executive director of Rebuilding Together Henry County, said the organization had been promoting healthy housing and responding to the needs of low- to moderate-income homeowners for 25 years.
“Through their Safe at Home Program, the organization addresses the health and safety needs of the community’s most vulnerable homeowners,” she said. “Their goal is to assure every home they touch is well-ventilated, pest-free, contaminant-free and well-maintained.”
“The $5,500 to our Safe at Home Program allowed us to work on two homes in Cambridge, both homes of widows who wish to age safely in their homes,” Snyder said. “The work included grab bars, high-rise toilet, washer and dryer moved to the first floor, wheelchair ramp, windows, minor electrical and fire safety equipment installations.”
Bethany Winkleman, State Farm agent with offices in Geneseo, said: “At State Farm, we make it our business to be like a good neighbor, helping to build safer, stronger, and better-educated communities. Strong neighborhoods are the foundation of a strong society, and Rebuilding Together Henry County definitely strides to make our communities as strong as they can be.”
Snyder said there were many volunteers who turned out to help with the home projects in Cambridge.
“We have established ourselves as a reputable provider of home repair services and have been able to steadily expand our services through the support of a growing number of grants and individual donors. Safe at Home is a unique effort because it focuses on safe and healthy housing while relying on in-kind resources from contractors, builders and supply companies,” Snyder said.