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CHORE Handyman Service–Older Adults Helping Older Adults

CHORE Handyman Service–Older Adults Helping Older Adults

Status: Ongoing


Bergen County, New Jersey United States of America
Print this page City population: 93915116.5% over 60Practice started in 1977


Established in 1977 by the Bergen Volunteer Center, the CHORE Volunteer Handyman Service helps Bergen County, New Jersey residents 60 years and older, and/or adults with permanent disabilities, remain safe in their own homes by performing minor repairs for only the cost of parts. Repairs include installing grab bars, railings and smoke detectors; minor plumbing/electric, weather stripping, light bulb changes, etc. The program enables seniors with financial challenges and individuals with disabilities live more safely and independently, while avoiding costly and often unwanted institutionalization.
As CHORE volunteers are all retirees, the program is dual purpose as it provides truly rewarding and meaningful volunteer experiences. There are currently 44 CHORE volunteers, average age of 70, who utilize life skills developed from maintaining their own homes.
Through grants from the County Division of Senior Services, and Community Development, and support from local corporations, foundations and individual donors, CHORE crews travel to clients every working day of the year in three vans. CHORE serves about 1,400 clients each year, and in the past 41 years, we estimate CHORE has helped more than 50,000 older residents.
Approximately 89% of CHORE clients are low income, which is alarming considering Bergen County is one of the most expensive places to live in the country. In comparing Bergen County seniors’ actual incomes to the NJ Elder Economic Security Index, 60% of single elders and 28% of elder couples in Bergen County fall above the poverty line; yet these aging residents lack the basic resources required for health and safety, including household repairs.We help our most vulnerable residents remain safe in their beloved homes.


Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Other target group(s): All 60+ residents are eligible for CHORE; esp. vulnerable older persons with chronic illness/disability, living alone, low income

Sector(s): Health, Housing, Other

Other sector(s): Volunteer Opportunities

Desired outcome for older people:
Meet their basic needs

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageing in place
  • Participation

Contact details

Name: McCormick, Maureen

Email address:

Preferred language(s): English

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