Jewell Cardwell

Paul Holm, executive director of Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley, has announced a Subsidized Home Modifications Program for qualifying low-income area homeowners over the age of 60 through its Safe at Home program.

“Through this program, Rebuilding Together staff and volunteers install grab bars, handrails, smoke and CO [carbon monoxide] detectors and other items designed to improve safety and accessibility around the home. The program is sponsored by Premier Sponsor the Westfield Insurance Foundation, as well as the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation and the Sisler-McFawn Foundation.”

Holm added, “More than one-third of adults age 65 and older fall each year in the United States, making falls a leading cause of death due to injury. With our senior and disabled population expected to increase in the area by an average of 33 percent from 2004-2020, Rebuilding Together seeks to provide a cost-effective solution to help these individuals live more safely in their homes.”

The Safe at Home program, since 2005, has served more than 250 senior citizens in Summit County, Holm noted, sharing this evaluation by a recent participant: “The changes did great wonders! They made it much easier for my husband to get around the house, particularly getting in and out of the bathtub. Rebuilding Together has been a blessing.”

The program is provided on a sliding-scale, fee-for-service basis with most services subsidized based on homeowner income. To apply, please call 330-773-4100 or visit www.rebuildingtogether-sc.org.

Special prom

I wholeheartedly agree with the organizers of “A Prom to Remember” who wisely state: “If you’re a teen with cancer, the last thing you need to worry about is how you’re going to pay for your prom dress and shoes. Fortunately, the folks at A Prom to Remember have taken care of every detail.”

This very special event “offers teens with cancer the opportunity to dress up and show off their dance moves at their very own prom night. Held in partnership between the Unforgettable Prom Foundation Inc. and The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, this free event will be held April 4, and more than 100 teens are expected to attend.”

Leading up to that, A Prom to Remember is hosting a Dress Extravaganza, providing each girl an opportunity to choose her dream gown from more than 700 donated styles. Mothers and close friends are welcome to help with the selection. Free dry cleaning is supplied by Fussy Cleaners, Brown Aveda Institute will offer mini spa services and a seamstress will help with alterations. It’s all happening 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Eton Chagrin Boulevard, near Amy’s Shoes, 28601 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere. Questions? Please visit www.apromtoremember.org or call 1-877-385-7766.

Musical tribute

I have dedicated ETC show choir parent Tammy Whitehouse to thank for this:

“The All Americans, a high school show choir at Heid’s ETC (Energy, Talent, Community) School of Musical Arts, paid a beautiful tribute to their executive director this past weekend.

“The All Americans were crowned Grand Champion at the Voices in the Grove competition in Grove City, Ohio, near Columbus. It was an exciting achievement in a tough competition season, but their fearless leader, Robert Heid, executive director since he founded the school 36 years ago, was unable to be there. Mr. Heid never misses a competition, but he missed this one, ordered by his doctor to rest after surgery …

“To celebrate the victory with him, the entire choir met on his front lawn [Saturday] on Castle Boulevard in West Akron to pay homage and present him with the Grand Championship trophy and his individual medal. Led by their music director, Nick Campagna, they sang for him their ballad Fearlessly.”

Nursing school reunion

St. Thomas Hospital School of Nursing graduate Mary DiDonato is extending an invitation to fellow alumni to attend the free St. Patrick’s Day party/reunion in the hospital’s auditorium, 2 to 5 p.m. March 9.

With their numbers dwindling, DiDonato is hoping for a strong turnout.

Jewell Cardwell an be reached at 330-996-3567 or jcardwell@thebeaconjournal.com.