(Pictured Above: Issac Robinson, a Goodwill Activities and Training Center activities specialist, empties a bag of mulch as Handy Helpers David Horsely, right, and Wade Warner)
Goodwill of South Central Ohio is piloting a new program that employs those with disabilities and provides the community with a trusted source to turn to for handyman-like services.
Goodwill Handy Helpers can be called on by any Chillicothe and Ross County resident to complete small-to-medium sized home projects such as planting flowers, mulching, raking leaves, and even holiday decorating. Donations will be accepted by recipients of services to go toward the program.
The program employs people with disabilities who attend Goodwill’s Activities and Training Center.
“On the surface, Goodwill Handy Helpers is a limited handyman service for those in need, but its aim is to foster feelings of independence and self-worth,” said Goodwill of South Central Ohio CEO Marvin Jones. “The program provides those with disabilities employment in the community where they can make connections with others, learn new skills, and showcase their abilities through personal interactions.”
The idea for Handy Helpers evolved after Goodwill of South Central Ohio’s Missions Coordinator Cana Horner was talking with her aunt who wished she had someone she could call to put up a new flag.
“It made me think about how it would be great if there was a service to help those who may not have someone to complete smaller home tasks,” Horner said. “Handy Helpers provides the community with a trusted resource to turn to for help, especially seniors and those with disabilities who are among the most vulnerable for being scammed.”
The Goodwill Handy Helpers program is being piloted with a $25,000 grant from the Landrum Endowment Fund through the Pioneer Center/Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Foundation of Appalachian Ohio. If successful, Goodwill of South Central Ohio will look to expand the program into other parts of its eight-county service area.
Appointments with Handy Helpers can be made by calling the Chillicothe Goodwill Activities and Training Center at (740) 702-4009.
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