MARION, Ohio – Residents of Muir Manor, a United Church Homes managed community in New Albany, Indiana, have a lot to celebrate afterthe installation of new flooring with help from a $10,000 grant from The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County.
The grant was used to replace 10 bathroom floors and 11 kitchen floors, along with the carpet in the bedrooms and living rooms of nine apartments on three floors of Muir Manor. The apartment complex provides apartments for residents age 62 and older.
“New flooring was needed to provide a safe, appealing atmosphere in the homes of the older adults we serve,” Housing Manager Faye Banet said. “This was achieved by eliminating old flooring that could have become a fall risk and was unappealing.”
The project benefited not only residents of Muir Manor, but also their visitors including family and friends.
Faye said the contractor, Sherwin Williams, sent in a team that provided efficient service for the entire project. Residents did not have to leave their apartments during renovations.
“Our residents don’t have much,” Faye said. “They’re low-income, so anything that they get is appreciated. One resident said she felt like she’s a princess waking up to a castle every morning now. We have a nice place here.
“These tenants, they’ve never had anything like this. This has been a new way of life. With the help of Horseshoe, we’ve been able to increase the quality of life for our residents.”
Several residents said this was the first time they have lived in an apartment with new carpet. “This makes me feel so special!” one resident said.
Faye has applied for and received grants from the Horseshoe Foundation in past years.
“The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County provided a generous $2,500 grant in 2014, which replaced six kitchen floors and five bathroom floors. Muir Manor replaced flooring in two apartments in 2016,” she said. “I can’t thank the Horseshoe Foundation enough for partnering with us on these projects.”
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