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It is with great sadness that H.O.N.O.R. Inc. is shutting down this ministry.  Our purpose was to provide free home maintenance and minor repairs to our elders age 60 and above throughout Polk County.  We've helped hundreds of elders during our tenure and feel blessed by all the volunteer efforts provided by so many.  Unfortunately, we live in a society where the need is plentiful but the volunteers are scarce. As such our season has come to an end.  Thank you for all the prayers and support.   

Helping Our Needy Ones Respectfully, Inc. (H.O.N.O.R.) recognizes the challenges elders face to maintain their homes as the physical and/or financial limitations of aging take their toll.  The goal is to honor these elders and value their worth as one of God’s creations by respectfully providing free home maintenance and minor repairs to those aged 60 and above. 

Providing a Service

While many elders are capable of staying in their homes and, for the most part, remaining self-sufficient, minor home repairs & maintenance are often beyond their means either physically or financially. Family members are often too far away or, for other reasons, are not able – and in some cases – not willing, to help.

H.O.N.O.R. mobilizes individuals & teams who have skills and talents to share, a few hours to spare and a heart to serve our elder population.  It is a joy to see dignity and self-respect restored as the elder’s physical surroundings are properly maintained or improved.

Examples of Past Jobs Completed

  • Install handrail in bathroom
  • Repair outdoor handrail
  • Replace toilet
  • Fix backsteps
  • Pressure wash house, repair wall cracks
  • Repair wheelchair ramp
  • Add kick plate to front door
  • Repair back door
  • Rescreen front and back doors
  • Remove old carpet, install sheet vinyl
  • Drywall repair and paint bathroom
  • Caulk all windows and repair concrete sill
  • Repair roof on mobile home
  • Wash windows
  • Door leaks
  • Electrical Outlet inoperable - Porch light inoperable
  • Mow Yard -  city code enforcemen problems
  • Strip and replace porch plywood. Level and stabilize concrete steps.
  • AC/Heat not working - check thermostat
  • Need ceiling fan with light installed
  • Water heater blowing fuses repeatedly - check circuitry
  • Repair kitchen sink and drain
  • Repair bathroom light switch
  • Repair bathroom floor with linoleum squares
  • and the list goes on

 

 

  Our Clients & Volunteers

Elders needing assistance can contact H.O.N.O.R. directly by phone or via our website.  Clients also come to us as referrals from neighbors, friends and family.  Our volunteers come from all walks of life.  Some are retired and want to stay active, and others have families and work full time.  They come from churches, government agencies, non-profit organizations, & corporations. They work as individuals, pairs or in teams. They have one thing in common: a desire to…“honor our elder ones respectfully”!

 

Funding

Our services are free to the elders we serve.  Our support thus far has come from several grants from the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland and the George Jenkins Foundation, a contract from the State of Florida - Department of Elder Affairs, individuals, churchs and corporate contributions as well as various fundraising efforts. We also accept donations of materials used for maintenance and repairs. 

H.O.N.O.R. is committed to the highest standards of integrity and good stewardship of all our resources.  As such, our Team Leaders volunteers have a background check done before working with an elder.

 

History

            H.O.N.O.R. was founded by Sherry Reeder in the Spring of 2005.  As a teenager, Sherry went to a nursing home with her church youth group to do yard work, and then shared a meal and visit with the seniors.  The obvious pleasure this simple service brought to these seniors made a vivid impression on Sherry – one she wouldn’t be able to forget.

Years later Sherry watched her grandfather virtually give up on life after her grandmother died. Managing even routine chores around his home was simply too much for him.

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science (Community Health and Sociology), Sherry pursued various positions in the health care industry.  Seeing elders as a neglected group of valuable citizens, Sherry became passionate about serving their needs. 

As Sherry prayed about how to meet these needs, God placed the vision for H.O.N.O.R. in her heart – and it’s a God-size vision! Sherry recognized immediately that H.O.N.O.R. is a wonderful vehicle for churches, corporations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to get involved in the lives of these needy elders to improve their living conditions and restore their dignity and self respect. She also knows firsthand that as we reach into the lives of these seniors – the life we change may be our own!

There is no doubt that God has been preparing Sherry for this mission field. Her passion to reach out to the many lonely and discouraged elders with this tangible expression of God’s love is wholehearted and contagious!

 

Our Accomplishments

 

  6/1/05- 12/31/05 1/1/06 - 12/31/06 1/1/07 - 12/31/07 1/1/08 - 12/31/08 1/1/09 - 12/31/09 1/1/10- 12/31/10 1/1/11- 12/31/11 1/1/12 - 12/31/12 1/1/13 - 12/31/13 Totals
Total Volunteer Hours 597.75 2168.00 3250.25 1756 1698 1687 1271 1167.5 1438 13595.50
Volunteer Hrs  - Elder Needs 295.75 965.50 1034.75 759 695 857 670.5 272.5 613 5550.00
Volunteer Hrs - Administrative * 985.00 1315.50 997 1003 898 600 895 825 7518.50
# of requests for assistance 82 190 135 114 186 108 104 60 135 1114.00
Elder requests completed by volunteer teams 64 99 88 65 60 66 44 24 42 552.00
# of Volunteers (includes individual and teams) 42 80 85 56 47 36 24 23 16 409.00
Volunteers matched and assisted in fulfilling an elder request 27 52 76 52 44 54 68 36 25 434
                     
Notes:                    
*Volunteer Admin Hrs not tracked for the first 6 months                    
** Some include teams of volunteers                    

 

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