Getting Everyone Involved - October 2018
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It's All About Caring Leadership! 

Leadership Fresno, created in 1984 to enhance the skills, resources and civic involvement of business leaders, was planning a day focusing on Human Services on September 20th for the 25 members of this year’s Class 35 and they needed an interactive activity.
Suzanne Miller and Mary Williams, Leadership Fresno alums and Steering Committee members, thought of Habitat and shot a quick email to CEO Matthew Grundy. 
Matthew talked to Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Director Marina Harutyunyan and, together, they remembered a recent request for help from senior citizen named Marilyn Walker. Marilyn badly needed a fence at her home painted.  It was a project that had been on her deferred maintenance list for at least five years, but she had become ill and, as she explained, “You get older and you just don’t get better.”
It was a perfect fit. With the help of 25 volunteers Marilyn’s fence could be painted quickly, and the class could go on to the rest of their day having had a wonderful interactive activity plus the added bonus of meeting Marilyn and seeing the results of their efforts.
Marilyn was surprised to get a call back from Habitat so quickly saying her fence would be painted.  And, Leadership Fresno classmates, not knowing what their interactive activity would be, were surprised when their bus stopped at Marilyn’s home. 
Classmates met Marilyn and heard her story and after being given aprons to cover their clothing and shoe covers, they repainted the fence in a little more than an hour. 

AOK Project #126: Marilyn has a newly painted fence she had wanted for five years.  Habitat has a new partner in Leadership Fresno.  AOK has their first impromptu project.
And, Leadership Fresno?  Class member Janell Gaertig describes it best: “It was amazing to see how so many hands volunteering can change the life of one family and one neighborhood so quickly!”  Gaertig added, “It’s clear the mission of Habitat for Humanity is all about community and I’m grateful my class was able to be a part of it.”  We couldn't agree more! 

Putting the finishing touches on our latest ramp project.

Aging in Place Gracefully!  

Jerry Zuniga, Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Manager, truly believes that “It’s all about aging in place and improving the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens – the older senior on a limited budget.” Lorene Leslie and Shellie Reece say that having Habitat build a new ramp and attached rail on their home has given them peace of mind, independence, and the ability to age in their own home. Both, currently, are wheelchair bound.

In a partnership between AARP and Habitat International, a safe and secure ramp was installed in Lorene and Shellie’s home, allowing them to go outside without difficulty or fear of falling. Thanks to Habitat's home preservation program, aging residents can continue to enjoy their home following the installation of minor retrofits; such as grab bars, new lighting, and other enhancements. 

According to Lorene, who has now conquered her fear of trying to navigate both inside and outside her home, “People shouldn’t be intimidated about asking for help. Call Habitat for Humanity. They will help you.”

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