Housing Upgrades Benefiting
Seniors (HUBS) is a program that assists older adults (over 65) in Baltimore
city. This program allows seniors to continue to live in their homes and
neighborhoods as they age by helping them with home repairs and modifications.
Older Adults like Ms. G.
Ms. G. has been a lifelong member
of the Baltimore community. Born and raised in the city, Ms. G. knew she wanted
to devote her life to serving others. She started working at St. Agnes Hospital
in Baltimore in 1965 registering patients at their time of need and loved every
minute of it. Ms. G. moved into her home in 1986 with her husband, son and
daughter. She came to know St. Ambrose through the pastor at her church, Garden
of Prayer Christian Church. The pastor went above and beyond to connect his
parishioners with St. Ambrose and the services that are available. Additionally,
the church was an Adopt-A-Family participant and contributed yearly to this
fund serving families who just need a little extra help.
Ms. G. was forced to retire after
33 years of service to St. Agnes Hospital due to a debilitating car accident resulting
in four major surgeries over a 12-month period. The accident left her and her
husband permanently and significantly disabled. Due to several years of medical
issues following the death of her husband, Ms. G., like many clients, was left
tackling the challenges of senior homeownership alone.
She came to St. Ambrose when faced
with a homeownership crisis. Understandably, the routine maintenance of the
home fell through the cracks which left her with a severe roof leak. Since she
had no homeowners insurance, she was financially unable to make the repairs to
Over time, the leak became a
gaping hole in the ceiling that had debris, snow and rain water rushing into
her upstairs bedroom. She has maintained the leak with over 20 receptacles
catching the rain water/snow/debris but it has become too much to handle.
Although she has a son nearby and a friend to check on her, Ms. G. knew this
was too big a problem for them to handle on their own. Ms. G. turned to St.
Ambrose and the HUBS Program for help. Gail MacInnes, HUBS Case Manager, met
with Ms. G. to devise a plan of action to make the repairs to her roof that she
desperately needed. With the assistance of grant funding, St. Ambrose was able
to facilitate the repairs which will allow her to utilize the space in her home
while giving her the safety and security that she needs at this time in her
“I have lived in this home forever. I have put roots here. This home is what I have created and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Thank you, St. Ambrose for giving me the ability to stay in my home. St. Ambrose has truly been a blessing in my life. I never knew how much fixing a roof could cost and I couldn’t have afforded it on my own, especially as a widow. I know there are many other seniors who could benefit from the services provided by the HUBS Program and St. Ambrose. They need to know they are not alone.”
In this way, the HUBS program assists seniors in remaining safe and independent in their own homes for as long as possible.