It’s that time of the year when we can never predict the weather. We can start the day reaching for a jacket and end it by looking for the nearest air conditioner. And, I have never seen a calendar fill up more quickly with meetings and events to commemorate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the celebrations recognizing the achievements in the disability movement of individuals from both Bergen and Hudson counties and the hip Consumer Meeting on October 18.
With all of this happening I was delighted to be notified that hip has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant to fund our “Safe and Secure Solutions” project.
When money is tight for individuals with disabilities and seniors struggling to remain in their homes an unanticipated repair is often delayed or ignored. It seems that when door locks break or malfunction they go unrepaired. These funds will support:
- A one-time visit by a locksmith to make the necessary repair;
- The provision of a new lock (to be installed by the participant or a member of the BC Volunteer Chore Service); or,
- The purchase of a lockbox to enable someone living alone to have a trusted friend or neighbor have secure access to the house keys to check on them.
We are scheduled to meet with the staff of CDBG to finalize the process and begin to promote it through our Care Managers.
Keep watching your mail for the Fall Edition of hip News. It should arrive later this month.
Brian Fitzgibbons, MPA,CRC
President and CEO
Heightened Independence and Progress
Center for Independent Living