September Developments
Adas Israel volunteers remove old carpet to remediate unhealthy conditions for a family with asthma.
Telemedicine Project Awarded Innovation Challenge Grant

Smart phones are amazing tools. You can use your phone to do almost anything from sharing videos with people from around the world to ordering warm cookies for delivery at 3 a.m. Now we will use the ordinary smartphone to do something extraordinary--to save lives.

Yachad is proud to be part of a groundbreaking asthma initiative led by Children's National Medical Center and funded by Fannie Mae's Sustainable Communities Innovation Challenge: Healthy Affordable Housing --a national competition to identify innovative ideas to help children and families live in healthier and safer homes. Only five projects out of 200+ from across the country were selected. Addressing asthma triggers found in the home, as part of a new holistic approach to managing asthma, can dramatically reduce the number of families needing emergency room treatment.

Joining a team of medical providers,Yachad will use tele-medicine to conduct virtual home inspections giving us a window inside homes to see what conditions are triggering asthma and other serious respiratory problems. Doctors will be able to conduct follow-up virtual visits at the same time. After the virtual visit,Yachad will provide housing remediation services.

The team's goal is to create and promote an effective model for the use of virtual home visits--a procedure that has potential to be used in other communities across the United States. Yachad is thrilled to be part of cutting edge solutions that can have tremendous impact both locally and nationally. 

HandyMensch Corner

This month HandyMensch volunteers will finish facility improvements for our partner, Vida Senior Centers in Adams Morgan. Vida offers health services to low-income Hispanic seniors residing throughout the Washington metro area.

Now that the walls are repaired and painted, we will i nstall chair rails to protect them and complete the new look. A basic carpentry training will be held beforehand for those needing a refresher.

Upcoming HandyMensch Activity:
9/22/19: Chair Rail Installation & Basic Carpentry Training

Got carpentry skills? Interested in volunteering? Contact Lisa Hershey .  
Homeowner Spotlight:
"I thought, 'What am I going to do?' "

Charlene Crafton was at the end of her rope by the time she called Yachad. She and her daughter were living with water leaking from the ceilings into their bedrooms for over four years. Ms. Crafton knew her roof needed repairing but she could not afford it.

“Every time the wind blew it sounded like it would blow the rest of the roof off.” She was scared and nervous and didn’t know what to do.

The leaky roof was only one of several problems.

The family hired a contractor to create an accessible bathroom on the first floor for their aunt who lived with them after suffering a stroke. Sadly, the project was not finished after the workers unexpectedly left the job. The family was left with an unfinished bathroom and unusable bathtub. Health issues plagued her daughter. Mold from the roof and other plumbing leaks, plus the old carpet throughout the home, were triggering her allergies. The house was literally making her sick.
Yachad’s health remediation work was needed.

Over the past few months, Yachad's tradespeople addressed the serious repairs. Volunteers pitched in to complete the aunt's bathroom and remove the old carpet.

Work wrapped up this month and the house is now better than ever. "I just thank, thank, thank everyone and am so grateful and happy for everything," declared Ms. Crafton, who is no longer anxious when it rains.
BEFORE--unusable tub
AFTER--the finished bathroom makes daily life easier
Hill Havurah volunteer removes carpet to create a healthier home
Save the Date for Yachad's Fall Fundraiser

Thursday, October 17, 2019

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
A Step Back in Time
  Join us for a "shaker" of cocktails at
the historic Kennedy-Warren .

Learn about the architectural background and historic
preservation at this landmark District property.

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