Featured Client: COVER Home Repair
COVER Home Repair was founded in the Upper Valley in 1998. COVER’s mission is to foster hope and build community by bringing together homeowners and volunteers to complete urgently needed home repairs for low-income homeowners, many of whom are elderly and/or disabled.
Our programs include: Home Repair, Weatherization, and The COVER Store.
Our projects consist of roof repair and construction, accessibility remodeling (wheelchair ramps, widening doorways, new stairs, and railings), weatherization and energy efficiency measures, and floor repair. Qualifying home repair and weatherization projects must meet the following criteria: the repair must be urgently needed; the home must be within 45 minutes of our facility in White River Junction; the repair must be suitable for volunteers and the homeowner must be able and willing to participate in the day. Eighty-five of COVER homeowners make less than the Federal Poverty Guideline.
During the winter months, COVER organizes volunteers to weatherize homes using its blower door and infra-red camera to detect the location of cold air infiltration and seal the leaks. At an average cost of $100 in materials, COVER can help save an average of 100 gallons of fuel. We also install smoke detectors and free LED bulbs donated by the Norwich Energy Committee.
COVER Home Repair is a community asset and exists to make homes safer, warmer, drier, and more energy efficient, while fostering hope and building community along the way.
Volunteers are essential to COVER’s work. COVER will organize volunteers from the community to help when urgent repairs are needed. Our trusted volunteers will be guided by COVER’s skilled construction leaders.
To help pay for the cost of the home repair and weatherization programs, The COVER Store accepts donated furniture, cabinets, appliances, tools, windows, doors, lighting fixtures and resells these items at attractive prices. By keeping these items out of the landfill, COVER can help many neighbors with urgently needed repairs.
Recently, the COVER Store launched a used book-selling enterprise on Amazon. If you would like to donate books, those that sell the best are “like new” cookbooks, spirituality, self-help, history, fiction (no mass market please).
COVER Home Repair also enjoys support from local businesses like Kinney Pike Insurance, who have become sponsors of our Ramps & Roofs Fund, as well as volunteered for COVER’s urgent home repair job at the Bomhower’s mobile home on August 17, 2017.
Kinney Pike’s support has helped make COVER Home Repair a gold standard “safety net” organization in the Upper Valley. Each year COVER’s staff and volunteers touch the lives of hundreds – whether its a senior citizen who wants to stay in his/her home as long as possible or a single parent at the risk of losing her home unless urgently needed repairs can be made.
In the past two years, COVER helped 180 families with urgent repairs and the volunteer corps have grown to about 250 per year. Whether you donate to or shop in the store, it helps your neighbors in need. The COVER Store is located at 158 South Main Street, White River Junction.
Article written by: Bill Neukomm, Executive Director of COVER Home Repair