Cool senior is doubly thankful for home repair


Serving Tennessee's Seniors - Walter Mitchell
Walter Mitchell remains ever grateful for the new central air-conditioning and heating unit he received from the Westminster Home Connection.

Nashville, TN
Grant Received: $183,000
Grant Summary: To repair 60 homes of seniors in nine counties; infrastructure improvements will increase annual program capacity by 60 homes.

With Westminster Home Connection Executive Director Keith Branson behind the wheel, we visit the comfotable one-level home of retiree Walter Mitchell, 67, in North Nashville, who had received a new air conditioning and heating system.

“It’s a world of difference,” Walter says one steamy early summer afternoon. “I just had a window unit before. It’s been a blessing.”

It hasn’t been the first time Walter has been helped out by Westminster Home Connection, which makes home repairs for low-income seniors and modifies homes of people who are at-risk for falls or have limited mobility.

His house suffered roof damage a few years ago. A contractor took his insurance money and skipped town after giving a false address. He called the Better Business Bureau and the Department of Consumer Affairs but had no luck finding the contractor.

During this time, rain continued to pour into his house and damage its interior. Westminster Home Connection decided to go ahead and put a new roof on the house. Walter vowed that if he ever saw any money back, he would make a donation to the organization.

Meanwhile Tom Patten, construction manager at Westminster, along with a caseworker at senior-centric nonprofit FiftyForward, helped Walter file a claim against the contractor’s license, which eventually led to the contractor returning the money.

Good to his word, Walter promptly reimbursed the organization for the roof.

As Keith Branson says: “He’s a man of integrity!”