by Dave Auge and Sandra Wright-Auge
Tuesday Toolmen are a group of individuals seeking to serve and provide free repairs and safety modifications to low-income seniors and adults with permanent disabilities in the tri-county area (Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham). Their goal is to help people remain safely in their homes. They work every Tuesday under the auspices of Greater Lansing Housing Coalition, and are supported by grants and donations from area businesses, charitable groups, and people like you. Tuesday Toolmen began in Kalamazoo and now are found in several Michigan cities besides Lansing.
Locally, this group constructed a wheelchair accessible ramp for a home on Maple Street on Oct. 25. For this project the homeowners provided the materials and a donation, and the Toolmen provided the experienced crew. Some of these members have constructed over 150 ramps in the Lansing area! With this practiced team it was less than 3½ hours from start to finish. Several members of the local Lions club members were present to assist: the work was completed with fun, laughter and congenial camaraderie.
If you are a low-income senior or disabled person, or know of such a person in need of repairs or safety modifications to their home, you can contact Tuesday Toolmen through the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition at (517) 372-5980, or download an application at www.glhc.org under the What We Offer tab. The same goes if you would like to volunteer or donate funds or materials.