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Repair Affair taking referrals

Referrals are being sought by Repair Affair of Harrison County Inc. for this year’s event, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 16.
Volunteer board members are also beginning to make other arrangements for the county-wide effort that brings community volunteers and corporate sponsors together to provide moderate repairs to the homes of low-income elderly and low-income disabled residents.
This will be the seventh year that Harrison County has sponsored the one-day event. Referrals should be directed to Geneva Sams or Betsy Talley at Harrison County Community Services (738-8143).
The site selection committee will inspect the referrals to determine which ones will be included in this year’s event. Priority will be given to homes that need work to make them safer or more accessible. The goal is to allow Harrison County residents to continue to live independently in their homes.
On event day, workers will be divided into teams and sent to work at the various sites. In general, no specific skills are required although some sites will have specialized needs, such as roofers or electricians. Workers are asked to bring ‘light tools’ if they have them. In the past, volunteers have done everything from making repairs and building handicap ramps to assist the homeowners. In some cases, the labor enabled the homeowners to remain in their homes longer.
Volunteer workers on event day receive a T-shirt, breakfast, lunch and drinks.