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6/27/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Westfield Insurance commits to Safe at Home program

AKRON — Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley, an affiliate of Rebuilding Together Inc., has announced Westfield Insurance Foundation has committed $25,000 to Rebuilding Together as a premier sponsor for its Safe at Home program.

Safe at Home is a key initiative for Rebuilding Together, which strives to improve home safety and independence for low-income elderly homeowners.

Through upcoming volunteer days in June, July and beyond — including a project today, June 27, on Hamlin Street in West Akron — Westfield employees will help Rebuilding Together improve the safety of homes by installing grab bars, handrails, improving lighting, changing faucets and door handles to lever-type handles, installing high-rise toilets and more. These modifications are critical to helping seniors avoid falls in homes that present new accessibility challenges as they age, according to Rebuilding Together officials.

According to Rebuilding Together, each year, more than 11 million Americans older than 65 fall down, and falls are the leading cause of death from injury to people over 65.

“Safe at Home is an opportunity for us to serve our aging seniors and address their critical home-accessibility needs, which are becoming more urgent as our population ages,” said Paul Holm, executive director of Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley. “Our partnership with Westfield Insurance Foundation will allow us to engage the low-income elderly community and, using cost-effective methods, provide modifications that will create more livable conditions based upon their needs. The goal of our partnership is to prevent falls and increase their independence.”

“Westfield Insurance is in the business of putting people’s lives back together after the unexpected occurs,” said Jani Groza, community investment leader. “That’s why our private foundation supports programs that can prevent accidents from happening in the first place.”

Rebuilding Together is currently taking applications for the program from Summit County residents. The program is provided on a “fee-for-service” basis, although services may be subsidized based on homeowner income. Interested homeowners should call Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley at 330-773-4100 for more information.

Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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