Handyman help available for Erving seniors

  • Handyman Kenny Mitzkovitz takes his tool bag from the back of his truck. Mitzkovitz is one of two handymen who do small projects for Erving seniors organized through the Erving Senior Center and funded by a Church Street grant. Staff photo/Melina BourDeau

Staff Writer
Published: 8/12/2018 8:45:19 PM

ERVING — Two handymen are available to Erving residents over the age of 60 through a grant awarded to the Senior Center.

Participating residents are required to pay for materials, but the grant money pays for project labor. The program is currently running and ends in September.

Senior Center Director Paula Betters said the Church Street grant was awarded in October 2017 and is facilitated through Lifepath. The program has been running for more than four years.

The grant is for $1,500, which pays for the labor for small projects like installing a grab bar for people in wheelchairs, installing air conditioners or repairing stairs.

There are two handymen, Kenny Mitzkovitz and Bill Bogue, who do the projects.

Betters has to reapply for the grant annually and she said she plans on doing so again this year.

In order to have a handyman do a project, residents must call Betters and propose a project they need. Betters said people should keep in mind that the scope of the project should be roughly four to six hours’ worth of work.

Not every project is feasible and Betters has to approve the project in order for work to begin.

“It’s nice to have this program,” Betters said. “It’s the little projects for people that don’t have family and they can’t do the work themselves.”

Resident Rae Kowacki has utilized the program and both handymen have done projects at her residence. She said she had brick steps on the side porch of her house repaired.

“The cement was coming off and it was a little dangerous,” Kowacki said. “Kenny came and fixed the porch steps. It was perfect, it worked out well. We’re lucky to have the program.”

Thus far this year, 13 people have utilized the program.

“We hope more people will use it,” Betters said. “We know we will end up using the entire grant.”

For those that are interested in having repairs done, contact Betters at 413-423-3649.


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