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Green thumbs in blue shirts get gardening for Bradford seniors assistance program

CHATS' Home Adaptation and Maintenance program helps people ages 55 and older maintain their properties

Their bright blue T-shirts can be seen around town: Team RBC, Royal Bank employees and management reaching out to provide community service wherever an extra pair of hands are needed.

They’ve repaired trails and rebuilt structures at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area, restocked the shelves at the Helping Hand Food Bank, and this week they assisted Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS) with its Home Adaptation and Maintenance program.

The program provides assistance to adults ages 55 and older, who need home adaptations to maintain their independence, or who need help maintaining their properties. The program provides bathtub cut-outs, grab bars and handrails, and other improvements inside the home. Outside services include window cleaning, snow removal, and help with yard cleanup and maintenance.

Team RBC volunteers came out to help with the gardening.

“We’re doing yard work at three properties,” explained Mark Lubberts, certified aging-in-place specialist with the program. “Mostly pulling weeds, some mulching, moving patio stones – things they can’t do themselves.”

Despite the heat and the humidity, Team RBC members donned gloves, picked up their tools and got to work, bending, pulling weeds, lifting heavy bags of mulch, under the direction of the seniors.

For more information on the program, visit Charities and organizations needing an extra pair of hands, or assistance with a project or program, can contact Wayne Brakeboer, community manager at RBC, at


Miriam King

About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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