Habitat for Humanity of the Rio Grande Valley plans to help 80 elderly homeowners make critical repairs and upgrades next year.

The Aging in Place program assists elderly homeowners with small projects that make a big difference — including wheelchair ramps, bathroom modifications and air conditioning.

“Approximately one in four seniors living in the Rio Grande Valley cannot afford to make modifications to their home, so what we see is a lot of these families as they get older in age, they’re unable to stay in the homes they raised their kids in,”said Executive Director Wayne Lowry.

Aging in Place is a partnership between Habitat for Humanity, MHP Salud and the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation.

“They said they were gonna help me and they did,” said Bertha Ramon, 78, of Santa Maria, who received a new wheelchair ramp. “I want to thank them with all my heart.”

The project helped 40 homeowners during 2016. Lowry said they hope to double the number of home improvement projects next year.

Donate to the Aging in Place project at Habitat for Humanity.