Posted by Mary Jones on Aug 10, 2017
David Hayford introduced Steve Kaiser, who presented a program about H.O.M.E. -- Helping Owners Maintain Equity.
Steve was an Oshkosh Police Officer, now retired after 29 years on the force.  He retired at age 51 as his mother was just diagnosed with cancer and needed care.
Having seen elderly people in need of help with their homes while on the Police Department, Steve and others starting meeting in 2014 to organize H.O.M.E.  They won $1,500 from UW-Oshkosh in the "Creating a Stronger Community" contest, and that was their first funds to work with. 
In 2016, with the assistance of generous supporter, H.O.M.E. was able to get non-profit status, which makes contributions to the group tax deductible.
Steve observed that many times elderly people can afford to buy the materials needed to keep their homes in good condition, but are unable to do the work themselves and can't afford to hire someone.  H.O.M.E. will assist those people by doing the work for free.  Typical jobs include painting, yard work (not regular lawn mowing, however), adding railings or grab bars, weatherstripping, getting things set up for installation of a new water heater, and a variety of other typical household maintenance jobs.
H.O.M.E. works with Advocap and other agencies to identify people in need.  Since organizing in 2014, they've assisted 90 families and 134 individuals with some 200+ projects.  Anyone living in Winnebago County who meets the criterion of living on 30% of the median income for Winnebago County is eligible for this help.  Steve noted that about 75% pay for the materials.
The group's vision is: A community where low income people can maintain their homes and enjoy a better quality of life.
The group's mission statement is: By providing home maintenance services, H.O.M.E. will help improve the safety, weather efficiency, and quality of life and halt for low income homeowners and the community.
More information is available on the group's Facebook page:  Steve can be contacted at 920-658-3024 or by e-mail at  Donations can be made to H.O.M.E. by sending checks to HOME, 3993 Marquart Lane, Omro, WI  54963
President John asked Mark Roloff to lead the Club in the Four-Way Test to close the meeting.