"They take care of me, I take care of the other stuff." Jerome Nelson of Omaha saw a break in the cool, rainy weather on Wednesday as a chance to catch up on some yard work at 54th and Leavenworth. "I try to do, you know, I help them out the best I can, I do the mow, the lawn work and stuff like that."
Brenda and Al Navarrette live with Jerome, or "Uncle Harold" as they call him. Al works about 35 hours a week painting houses and Brenda has a muscle and joint disease. They also have to balance taking care of 4-year-old A.J., so having Uncle Harold around is an extra set of hands.
"Won't be worrying about it if I'm burning supper, watching him chasing a dog. Harold is pretty much my helper I would say,” said Brenda.
She says they can't afford a professional lawn service program like some of her neighbors and without Harold, the work would go undone. “Everything would go neglected.”
For those who don't have anyone around to lend a hand, Goodwill offers lawn care service at a competitive low price. “We offer aeration, mulching, fertilization programs, fall and spring cleanups and we have an abundance of any service offered in the community,” said Todd Milbrandt of Goodwill Omaha.
Brenda says she's lucky to have Uncle Harold around. "I wish there was a lot of elderly people that would be as fortunate as I am to have somebody close to help them out."
The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging is offering the Senior Help Program again this year. Any senior citizen over the age of 60 who needs yard work help can sign up to have a volunteer paired with them. If you have time to donate your time, they are always looking for help.