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NeighborLink In The News Recently

06-29-2018

Telling our story is always time consuming, can be expensive, and hard to stay on top of, which is why we're always grateful when news reaches out to us to help tell the stories of what's going on day-to-day. It often comes in spurts as well. Here are a few of those recent news stories. 

WFFT News

After taking a nasty fall down some outside stairs, a Fort Wayne woman has been confined to her home this year. 

Sarah Williams has been taking care of her mom, Ollie Chambers, and helping her around the house. "I help her with her meals, I help her with her bath, so basically total care, really," Williams said.  But, Ollie doesn't get to go out and do the things she loves, because she needs help leaving her home. 

"I haven't been out this year," Ollie said. 

Until, Neighborlink partnered with Mission Serve, a group from down south, to build Ollie a new wheelchair ramp. 

Full story can be found here: 



Input Fort Wayne


This is one of the most comprehensive articles written on NeighborLink we've ever had. Worth the read to learn about our leadership, our organization, and why we do what we do. Thanks, Kara!

Full Article Can Be Read Here



WANE TV - Terra Brantley 

 

A group of Allen County residents consider themselves good neighbors. So much so that they're part of a group called Neighborlink. Their mission is to offer basic home repairs and maintenance to homeowners who are elderly, disabled, low income or find themselves in vulnerable positions.

We caught up with retired engineer David Smith and his crew working on a project for Judith Jones. "We're basically making an ADA accessible wheelchair ramp for Judith Jones," said Smith. "She needs access to her home for medical reasons."

Full story and video online here:

We're offering a Home Owner Improvement Grant: Is it for you?

06-12-2018


WHY THIS PROGRAM? 

NeighborLink is excited to offer a little incentive.  We all need a little incentive to start the projects we've been putting off. We hope to have several beautification projects completed this summer like getting homes painted, repairs made, and some fresh landscaping installed for example. Curb appeal, you know? 

WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS QUALIFY? 

Any home improvement or beautification project in the 468...02, 03, 05, 06, 07, or 08 that improves the overall street side exterior appearance of your home. This program is designed for beautification improvements.Total grant amount is up to 10 $300 grants.

Project Ideas: 

-Soffit, gutter, or porch repair projects

-Exterior painting 

-Concrete steps/walkway replacement 

-Street side or entire house landscaping projects

WHO QUALIFIES? 

Any homeowner or renter in Allen County can apply for reimbursement. If you are a renters then you must provide written approval from your landlord. Funding will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis and will be prioritized based on the order of applications received. 

REQUIREMENTS:

-You must submit a proposal to Lyndsy at NeighborLink.  Proposals will be reviewed on a first come basis and will be responded to within 10 days. 

-Once approved, you have 30 days to initiate the project and then 60 days to complete the project once started. If you cannot begin/complete your project within these perimeters, contact   Lyndsy to discuss other arrangements.

- Homeowners or landlords must pay for any labor or materials over the per project limit. 

-Homeowners can create a "Work Day" and let your friends and neighbors know to encourage people to come and help with projects where applicable. 

-Historic Codes must be followed where applicable. 

HOW MUCH AND WHAT CAN BE PURCHASED? 

-Up to $300 per household - Split Funding Grant Format.

-Supplies, materials and labor costs can be included.

-Funds will be reimbursed when project is complete and once receipts are submitted to Lyndsy. 

-Example: Project cost is $500, NeighborLink will reimburse $250. 

-$3,000 is designated for this program - First Come, First Serve. 

In an effort to continue the overall improvement and development of our Neighborhoods, NeighborLink has has developed a program designed to support and incentivize neighbors to initiate exterior home improvement projects.

Landscaping, painting, soffit repair, concrete repair, etc., are all considered exterior beautification projects. We want to help you get started on a project that you've been wanting to start by offering this grant to you.



HOMEOWNER IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM APPLICATION

THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS SIMPLE.

Fill out the following form with your name, address, project description, and an approximate estimate of total project cost. We'll review and get back to you within 10 days with an approval or feedback on your application. 

Once approved, you'll have 30 days to START the project and 60 days to COMPLETE it. If for some reason you cannot START it within 30 days or complete in 60 DAYS, notify Lyndsy at NeighborLink with your reasoning and a revised timeline for review.

Funding is a Split Cost Grant format and provided in a reimbursement format. If your project costs $300, we'll split your investment at $150 for example. This is good up to $300 per household. Don't forget to take before/ after photos and save those receipts! Project costs must be submitted to Lyndsy prior to reimbursement.


NAME:_____________________________________________________________


ADDRESS:__________________________________________________________


PHONE:_____________________________________________________________


EMAIL:______________________________________________________________


PROJECT DETAILS:___________________________________________________

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ESTIMATED COST: 



SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATIONS TO: 

Lyndsy Rae Porter

Community Relations Cordinator 

NeighborLink Fort Wayne

lyndsy@nlfw.org -260-437-6760



The Wheel Chair Ramp Story

06-01-2018

   Life's circumstances left a young woman, mother to a 6 year old girl paralyzed from the legs down. Since her car accident she has relied on a wheel chair ramp to get in and out of her home.  When she contacted NeighborLink she explained that there was a ramp connected to her trailer but it was not sturdy and beginning to wobble and sway.  It was unsafe and alarming.  So, NeighborLink volunteers rose to the challenge.  They were not only able to build her a brand new deck they were able repurpose the old wood from her ramp.  They used it for another ramp that was to be build in weeks to come.  

   When I showed up the wheel chair ramp was half way finished. The sound of power tools were competing with the sound of children laughing and shouting playfully.  The NeighborLink volunteers were hard at work but they took the time to stop and greet me, as they did every new person that bopped by.  Everyone was included and welcome.  The neighborhood kids were all gathered around and wanted to be near the action. They knew where the boundaries were and respected them.  It was really a neat dynamic to roll up to. 

   The flock of enthusiastic kiddos instantly asked me "What is in that big bag that you are holding?"  Names come later, they jumped right to the important things. I replied, "I will tell you what is in my bag if you can help me with a small project?" They all shouted "Yes!" They were up for helping me and I was honored.  So, I began to assign jobs to all the kids that I had just met.  By the time they figured out how to get their aprons on and their hands clean I had the grill set up and hot.  We all shared the title of chef and were on a mission to make sure everyone we could see got to eat dinner with us.  

   We grilled enough hotdogs for everyone to have two, even all the passerbys.  The kids were very excited to feed everyone but most excited to feed the woman we were building the wheelchair ramp for.  The kids began to argue over who got to serve her.  But one little 6 year old's voice won the dispute.  "She is my mommy and I want to be the one that makes her feel special."  So, this very proud 6 year old carried a plate of hotdogs up the finished step portion of the ramp to her mommy.  Behind her was a line of kids.  One holding chips, one holding ketchup, one holding napkins.  They figured out a solution. 

   A handful of people were excited about the idea of hotdogs for dinner but they were most curious about all the noise going on behind me and my grill. "So, what is NeighborLink anyways, and why are they doing this?"  I had the honor of explaining how the generous group of volunteers behind me find great joy in helping people in this way.  These men often build ramps for people they have never met. They feel The Holy Spirit moves them to do kind work for people in need.  People seemed really stunned that the men behind me had never before met this women that they call their neighbor.  "So do they go to the same church or something?" I was asked.  "No, she just asked for help via NeighborLink and they showed up." I shared with them. One women was explaining how she had been meaning to come over and ask about their situation and see if they needed any help. "I just never got around to it, I guess I should probably try to bop in and do that soon." she said.

   I am writing this story because it is very special me.  I showed up to enrich everyone's NeighborLink experience by providing dinner and share with neighbors about NeighborLink's mission.  This whole experience backfired and ended up enriching and helping me.  The feeling I walked away with was pure joy that I was incapable of keeping to myself.  My face was cracked in two for the rest of the evening.  I just kept drifting in and out of astonishment.  I was so moved.  This experience inspired me to do my part louder and more frequently.  It inspired me to shine as bright as I can, while I can.  It inspired me to extrapolate happiness from the darkest of situations.  This women reached out for help and in return ended up helping me. Now that is a miracle that I am overjoyed to have been apart of.