WISH LIST: $100: a set of grab bars or exterior hand rails; $500: a portable ramp or plumbing repairs for 2 bathrooms; $1000: 1 gently-used stairway climber
Project Mend-A-House does just what its name implies: it performs minor safety and structural repairs the kind that help the needy, elderly, and infirm of Prince William County, VA (just 25 miles outside the Beltway) to preserve their cherished independence. With the help of a core group of volunteers, and supplies that are donated or purchased with contributions, PMAH mends an average of 125 households per year installing bathroom handrails, constructing handicapped-accessible ramps, replacing windows, repairing creaky steps and leaky faucets, removing tree limbs, retiling bathrooms, installing smoke detectors, and performing safety checks. Some repairs are as simple as a $13 grab bar; some are as costly as two stair climbers for children with spina bifida. Large and small, these repairs are physically and financially beyond the means of the frail clients that PMAH serves at no cost. Last year, volunteers donated over 6,000 hours (companies and service clubs are welcome), and PMAH completed 450 projects that assisted over 140 clients. Its a winning partnership that you can join.