CMP Fund helps make home more accessible

James Stapleton (pictured), a veteran, and his wife Marguerite, who is disabled, were in need of an accessible restroom, extensive plumbing repairs and ramps in their Eaton, Ohio home. A Carol M. Peterson Housing Fund grant awarded through LCNB National Bank played an important role in Home is the Foundation meeting their extensive list of needs.

Marguerite, who had been unable to take a shower for months prior to the remodel, had this to say about her new bathroom, “I never want to leave that room. My aide helped me take a shower, get dressed and then took me into the living room. I asked her, ‘Can I go back?’”

This example is just one of many that illustrate the impact Home is the Foundation has throughout the Eaton, Ohio area. Their senior home repair program began three years ago as a way to help area seniors remain in their homes in safe living conditions. The need in the area is real. The Foundation has served clients that have gone for years without central heating and long periods without hot water.

Home is the Foundation uses the CMPHF for modifications including accessible restrooms and emergency HVAC repairs. Since its inception, the group has served more than 150 seniors through multiple funding sources, volunteers and trusted, responsible contractors.

Carol Arcuragi (pictured) understands the need in the area all too well. She received a furnace through CMPHF. "I just couldn't believe it. Without this kind of help, I don't know what I would have done." she said.

“There are cases we would not have been able to address without the help of the Carol M. Peterson Housing Fund, including some where seniors were living in unsafe conditions with few other options,” said Heidi Bortel, Senior Home Repair Program Manager for HIT Foundation.