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Low-income seniors have a resource to turn to if their yards have grown beyond their ability to maintain them

DAVID F. ASHTON - The day started out with this yard looking like an urban jungle, too dense to penetrate - but volunteers shortly cleared the property of tall weeds and blackberry bushes. As they have for a number of years, volunteers from REACH Community Development Corporation fanned out to assist four Inner Southeast Portland seniors or disabled homeowners with various free home repairs and yard maintenance services on a day in September, to help them remain safe in their homes.

This year's "REACH Day" was Friday, September 13, and that day some 30 volunteers came together to assist four homeowners whose properties were facing current or pending property citations.

"We do this to help create housing stability, and to allow these individuals to 'age in place'," explained REACH Fundraising & Public Relations Manager Lauren Schmidt, as volunteers cleared vegetation from the back yard of a home on S.E. Lambert Street in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.

"Volunteers tell us this is a great teambuilding opportunity for their own businesses, while making a real positive impact for a neighbor in the community," Schmidt told THE BEE. "And, it's rewarding to hear neighbors tell us how much it means to them for our help in clearing their yards, and making accessibility improvement."

With the diligent work of the volunteers, work at the four selected sites was done before noon; these helpers then all adjourned to a local park to celebrate over lunch.

Learn more about the work of REACH by going online – www.reachcdc.org


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