Northeast Times

Helpers needed for weatherization day

New pro­ject dir­ect­or Shir­ley Reses has presided over her first meet­ing of the Rhawn­hurst Nat­ur­ally Oc­cur­ring Re­tire­ment Com­munity and put out a call for vo­lun­teers for the agency’s up­com­ing sixth an­nu­al win­ter­iz­a­tion day.

Reses, who re­placed Judy Yel­lin, ex­plained that vo­lun­teers are needed to pitch in on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Cli­ents age 60 and older in the 19111, 19149 and 19152 ZIP codes can re­quest a vari­ety of home re­pairs and im­prove­ments.

Tasks typ­ic­ally in­clude mov­ing fur­niture, chan­ging light bulbs, re­mov­ing leaves from lawns, in­stalling smoke de­tect­ors, re­pla­cing bat­ter­ies in car­bon monox­ide de­tect­ors, re­mov­ing win­dow air con­di­tion­ers, re­pla­cing fil­ters in heat­ers and re­mov­ing screens and pla­cing glass win­dows in doors.

To vo­lun­teer, call Reses or Alan McHale at 215-320-0351.

The Sept. 21 meet­ing, which took place at Rhawn­hurst Pres­by­teri­an Church, also fea­tured phar­macist Jim Re­ginelli, own­er of Nis­en­holtz Phar­macy, at 7624 Castor Ave. He spoke about vit­am­ins, sup­ple­ments and re­lated is­sues.

Oth­er guests in­cluded 7th Po­lice Dis­trict com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer Rich Si­mon and 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict vic­tims’ as­sist­ance of­ficer Stephanie Ahrndt, who were class­mates in the Po­lice Academy 17 years ago.

Rhawn­hurst NORC, a pro­gram of Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion of Great­er Phil­adelphia and Cath­ol­ic Health Care Ser­vices, helps in­de­pend­ent seni­ors live “longer, safer and health­i­er,” Reses said.

The agency formed in 2005 and serves people age 60 and older, provid­ing trans­port­a­tion to doc­tors’ of­fices and gro­cery stores and the ser­vices of a so­cial work­er. 

The next Rhawn­hurst NORC meet­ing will take place on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 26 at noon, at Con­greg­a­tions of Ner Zedek syn­agogue, at 7520 Bustleton Ave. The guest will be Al Tauben­ber­ger, a City Coun­cil can­did­ate and pres­id­ent of the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce. ••

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