Mrs. Mirjam Barbee is a very vibrant 82 years young and she has lived in her Clermont County home for 38 years. Over the course of 38 years she has made memories in her home that will last a lifetime, as a widow, she admits, “it’s just not easy to take care of my home anymore.” Mrs. Barbee has received services from Clermont Senior Services in the past so when her roof began to leak she mentioned it to the Home Repair Department to see if they could be of assistance. The Home Repair workers found two layers of shingles on Mrs. Barbee’s home that needed to be replaced, due to budget constraints; the workers patched her roof several times until funding became available to replace the roof.
In partnership with River Hills Bank, Clermont Senior Services helped Mrs. Barbee apply for a grant through the Carol M. Peterson Program of the Federal Home Loan Bank Cincinnati. This grant opportunity provides funding for accessibility, rehabilitation and emergency repairs for low and moderate income, special needs and elderly homeowners in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. This grant funding is in high demand and all funds were reserved within a few hours this year!
Mrs. Barbee was selected as a recipient of the Carol M. Peterson Grant and Campbell roofing was selected to install a new roof on her home. “They did a wonderful job, some days I just stand in the driveway and look at my beautiful, new roof,” Barbee stated. “I am so very lucky, thank you, thank you, to everyone who helped me.”
Mrs. Barbee believes in giving back, she loves to knit and regularly provides scarves to Clermont Senior Services to be distributed to their customers in the winter months.
The Home Repair Program at Clermont Senior Services provides minor home repairs and home modifications to eligible homeowners. Services are to improve, restore, or maintain a clean, sanitary and safe living environment. Skilled contractors and volunteers provide the labor; homeowners pay the cost of materials. Grant assistance may be available for hardship cases and emergencies. For more information call 724-1255 or visit www.clermontseniors.com