Repair Affair

New Directions is dedicated to creating safe and habitable homes for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners. One of the most visible ways we accomplish this mission is through our Repair Affair program. Repair Affair mobilizes community-wide resources and volunteer support to assist these vulnerable homeowners with essential home repairs.

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The focus of Repair Affair is on home safety, security, weatherization and neighborhood stability. By simply installing hand rails, fixing broken steps, or making modifications to accommodate a wheel chair we can make it possible for a senior or disabled homeowner to remain independently in their own home. Best of all the assistance is completely free to the recipients.

Each summer, over 1,500 dedicated volunteers armed with tools, materials and resources donated by generous donors make repairs to over 150 home. To date 28,000 volunteers have performed over 200,000 volunteer hours and repaired over 2500 homes in Kentuckiana.

Donate to Repair Affair

Repairs include:

  • Exterior painting
  • Yard work and clean-up
  • Handrails and grab bars
  • New locksets
  • Door and window repair
  • Cleaning out gutters
  • Step repair
  • Accessibility Improvements
  • Minor plumbing repairs
  • Wheelchair ramps

How homes are selected

  • Recipients must own and reside in the home
  • Be at least 60 years old or certified as disabled
  • Be of low income (50% of area median income or less)
  • Live in Louisville, Kentucky or Floyd or Clark County Indiana

The typical recipient earns less than $13,500 a year and is facing hardship due to illness, job loss, death of a spouse, or other life changing events.

Applications are accepted January 1 through March 30 each year.

An onsite assessment of each applicant home is conducted to the match right home with the right volunteer team. Volunteer Teams select projects that best fit their team’s skill level and do all the work.

The program focuses on improving home safety, security and weather efficiency. Repair Affair is not a decorating, remodeling or emergency repair program.

Volunteer Teams

Volunteer teams are matched with homes in need based on the size and skills of the team.  Every skill level is needed. Every volunteer is welcomed and needed!

Repair Affair is not yet able to reach all the homeowners who need help, but we seek to involve new teams of volunteers each year. Some teams are very skilled at home repairs. Others may have no experience at all. That's okay, New Directions will match the team to an appropriate home!

We also have other volunteer opportunities available, including preparing lunch, being a runner, and writing thank you notes.

When you volunteer for Repair Affair, you are not only helping a neighbor who needs you, you are making a real and immediate impact in your community.

Receive more information about volunteering for Repair Affair.

Event Day

Although repairs are completed from March to September, most Repair Affair teams work on one of two event days in June.

On Event Day, the homes have been chosen. The materials have been purchased and delivered. Battery drills are charged, paint clothes donned and sunscreen is at the ready! Teams meet at the Breakfast of Champions. Here, teams can enjoy a quick breakfast, sign in and get a much-coveted t-shirt. This is a festive time where volunteers meet other teams and see the diversity of Repair Affair's great volunteers. Half of Repair Affair's impact is achieved on Event Day. The rest of the jobs are scheduled to fit into other volunteers' schedules.

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2017 Repair Affair Event Dates

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Floyd & Clark Counties Indiana

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Metro Louisville

2016 RESULTS

186 homes received repairs
1210 volunteers participated

2015 Results

201 homes received repairs
1691 volunteers participated

2014 Results

183 homes received repairs
1818 volunteers participated

2013 results

160 homes received repairs
1609 volunteers participated

Thanks to our                         2016 Repair Affair Sponsors

Louisville Metro Government The City of New Albany
Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County                                 YUM! Brands
PNC Bank
UPS Foundation   

Fifth Third Bank           Brackets for Good
The Rotary Club of Louisville
Humana CareSource
Home Depot Foundation
Thrivent Financial
Vectren Foundation
Community Foundation of Louisville
Greater Louisville Association of Realtors        
NeighborWorks® America Kentucky Housing Corporation                           Bosse-Mattingly Constructors Keystone Restoration         Whip-Mix Corporation
Saint Mark’s United Church of Christ                                     Bowles Mattress Company
Holy Trinity Church
Saint William Church Kentucky Farm Bureau
Century Mortgage Company
Saint Agnes Church
Weber Group
First Harrison Bank
Catholic Community of           St. Patrick                     Middletown Christian Church Würth Snider Bolt and Screw Thomas Jefferson             Unitarian Church             LifeWay FUGE Camps
Heine Brothers Coffee