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Program helps seniors repair mobile homes

By Kevin Lessard, KCFW Reporter, klessard@kcfw.com
Published On: Aug 05 2013 04:19:57 PM MDT
Mobile Home Repair
KALISPELL, Mont. -

Census projections show that in just five years, senior citizens will make up one fifth of the total population in the Flathead.

Many live in mobile homes, and that's one reason a program we've been covering is so important.

Workers install ramps and help maintain senior citizen’s mobile homes so they can continue living in them.

The Flathead Valley Mobile Home Repair Program helps build and install a wide variety of projects for senior citizen's mobile homes.

Bertha Meyers lives in Kalispell and had a ramp installed a few years ago for her husband who used a walker.

Meyers says she's grateful for the program, as it made it easier to continue living in her mobile home.

"There are many older people that don't have the ability to build one themselves and little old ladies like me that can't afford it,” said Meyers.

Jim Atkinson is the Volunteer Coordinator, and is also a City Councilmen.  He understands how crucial this program can be for some seniors.

“They need to be at home,” Atkinson said.  “Folks can come visit them a lot easier.  They're a part of the community.  We find that it's very advantageous for them to stay in their home so if we can make it so that they can be that way, we want to."

Atkinson says that there are about 15 people on the waiting list who need help with repairs, and how many of those people they can help is dependent upon the donations and help they receive from local business and the community.