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 over 30,000 volunteers have performed over 300,000 volunteer hours and repaired over 3,000 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.

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.


2019 Repair Affair Event Dates

Saturday, June 8, 2019
Floyd & Clark Counties Indiana

Saturday, June15, 2019
Metro Louisville 


232 homes received repairs        1789 volunteers participated


206 homes received repairs        1097 volunteers participated


186 homes received repairs
1210 volunteers participated

2015 Results

201 homes received repairs
1691 volunteers participated

Download the 2015 Repair Affair Impact Report

2014 Results

183 homes received repairs
1818 volunteers participated

Download the 2014 Repair Affair Impact Report

2013 results

160 homes received repairs
1609 volunteers participated

Download the 2013 Repair Affair Impact Report

2012 results

164 homes received repairs
1089 volunteers participated

Download the 2012 Repair Affair Impact Report 

 Thanks to our 2018 Repair Affair Sponsors