Repair Helps Homeowner Heal and Find Hope

After a difficult series of illnesses and surgeries in 2021, Arvada resident Jane was focused on taking care of her own health. Unfortunately, her home was simultaneously in need of critical care. Mold had developed under her kitchen and laundry room floors, her windows that were not air tight, and her kitchen sink and faucet were leaking.

After receiving care from CVNA nurses through the CAPABLE program – or Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders. CAPABLE is a partnership that Habitat Denver has shared with the Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (CVNA) since 2017. CVNA nurses provide medical consultation and support to seniors who can benefit from at-home medical care. Then, Habitat Denver construction teams come to the home to perform critical home modifications to improve comfort and mobility. This combination of services brings a sense of holistic support to the homeowner – helping them live well at home for years to come.

The Habitat Metro Denver home preservation team spent several months repairing Jane’s flooring, installing a new kitchen sink, replacing cabinets and installing three new windows. Most importantly, they developed deep friendships. “They worked so hard, and they were so kind,” Jane said of the Habitat team.

Jane has since spread the word to her neighbors about Habitat’s home repair program — hoping that others will find the community and critical help that she did.

“After my surgeries, I was just stuck. If they hadn’t helped me, I don’t know what I would have done. I’m very blessed,” she said. “My home is beautiful now.”