Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly

Rating: 5 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Seniors

Location: 1419 West Carroll Ave Floor 2 Chicago IL 60607 USA

Mission: Committed to improving the quality of life for Chicago’s low-income elderly, Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.) helps seniors remain independent and part of their community by offering opportunities for intergenerational living and by providing a variety of citywide support services. Programs offered by H.O.M.E. include free shopping transportation services, intergenerational housing, volunteer services, and upkeep and repair services for elderly homeowners in the city of Chicago.
Results: In the last year we completed 839 repairs in the homes of 222 seniors. Our shopping bus provided 2,698 individual shopping trips to seniors living in 36 affordable senior buildings all over Chicago. We provided safe affordable aparments for 75 seniors in our intergenerational buildings. 150 volunteers from 15 different groups weatherized 31 homes.
Target demographics: low-income seniors
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 500 seniors
Geographic areas served: Chicago
Programs: home upkeep and repair, a shopping bus and three affordable, intergenerational buildings

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my second year with H.O.M.E. as a handyman's assistant. I was placed here by the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. I help the handymen make repairs for poor and elderly homeowners. We do things like restore heating and make electrical and plumbing repairs. Although the work is difficult, I experience great satisfaction in knowing that I have helped restore some level of comfort and dignity to the homeowner. I plan to continue here as long as I am able.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change it.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our campus ministry (Agape/Ecclesia) serves with H.O.M.E. each week. The students from Loyola help lead a bible study, clean, and share meals with the residences. Our congregation has greatly been enriched by sharing fellowship with the residents of H.O.M.E. The staff is professional and truly care for the residents and the volunteers. It is an encouragement to see organizations that are committed to caring for the elderly and meeting the needs of so many in Chicago.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've set up volunteer days with our company for the past four years with HOME, and we've both had fun as a group and felt like we made a positive impact in the community. Mike Laz at the organization is easy to work with, he meets us on site, introduces us to the client, and gets us acquainted with the work.

Great opportunity for company team building or just gathering a group of folks for a half day volunteer event.

We've done both painting and winterizing windows.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have served with HOME for over 10 years, on a yearly service trip to Chicago from Minneapolis. Our high school students and volunteers love getting to meet and hear the stories of the people whose homes they get to winterize. It's a blessing for these students to interact with these dear folks!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on the board for several years and am impressed by what our "clients" feel for the care they are getting from H.O.M.E.

H.O.M.E is definitely filling a void by giving low income Seniors a life worth living

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering in H.O.M.E.'s Pat Crowley House in Rodger's Park twice a month for about a year now, and all I can say is that I would wish to be nowhere else. I can see through the passion and care, as well as careful expertise, put into the daily operations by everyone within the house that this is truly a special place. I have come to love all of the residents and staff I have been working with, and I know that I am so grateful that such an organization exists to help those in such need.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with H.O.M.E. since it was merely a spark of an idea to Michael Salmon, then a member The Little Brothers of the Poor [an organization that my father helped bring to Chicago from France]. He clearly saw a need for a service that did exactly what the acronym of its name means: to provide Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly. The organization that Michael and his wife Lilo brought into being, with the generous support of the Little Brothers, has grown wonderfully in the subsequent years through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, dedicated staff an generous donors. Very much following in the spirit of the Little Brothers' motto (flowers before bread), the people of H.O.M.E. provide dignity and compassion along with finding housing, dealing with the CHA, finding furniture, painting, shopping AND friendship for myriad elderly in Chicago. They serve as a model community in the successful practice of intergenerational living in the Nathalie Salmon House in Rogers Park that is nearing its 20th anniversary.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I only wish that HOME could broaden the area from which they will come to pick up donated furniture.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

H.O.M.E. does what no other nonprofit in Chicago does -- it goes into THE POOREST neighborhoods of the city to help the lowest income seniors with transportation and home repairs so that they can stay healthy and continue living safety in the community. EVEN BETTER, H.O.M.E. provides intergenerational, subsidized housing so that isolated seniors can live out their lives in a family setting, getting both any assistance they may need and also the warmth and companionship of people of all ages. Every dollar donated goes a LONG, LONG way.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

H.O.M.E. provides essentials housing services to older adults in the Chicagoland area. As a former staff member there, I met so many individuals and families with stories to share of where they had been and where they might have been if H.O.M.E. hadn't come into their lives. H.O.M.E.'s intergenerational living model, in which younger adults live and help to prepare meals and assist older adults living in the same building is truly inspirational and enriching. Unfortunately, due to it's small size and the tremendous need of their clientele, H.O.M.E. tends to give far more than they receive and as such, are fiercely in need of support. If you're seeking to support a small organization with enormous heart, look to H.O.M.E.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The individuals H.O.M.E has helped--many were homeless, or on the brink of homelessness, and had suffered great losses, and H.O.M.E. helped them to thrive.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more funding! There are not nearly enough individuals to meet the ever increasing need.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently interning with H.O.M.E. and feel truly privileged to play a role in this organization. They are a truly unique non-profit making a difference in the lives of low-income seniors in the city of Chicago. My experience with the staff has been a joy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to witness the staff and volunteers working diligently to help low-income seniors live a life that allows them to maintain their independence in a safe environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope that they receive enough funding in the future to start their moving program back up.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how welcoming everyone is to newcomers. There is an immediate feeling that they are there to help people and welcome anyone who wants to fight for their cause

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, knowledgable and capable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make an even more incredible impact on the lives of low-income seniors throught the city of Chicago.Seniors coule stop worrying about how they will receive shelter,food,medication,etc.

Ways to make it better...

I could have even more time with the organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Not having enough funding to continue all of their programs that have been so helpful for the city's senior community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They truly do the absolute best with what they have to work with and are making an impact on this city and its seniors.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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