Safe Homes for the Elderly and Disabled

Our Programs


Volunteer Home Maintenance Program

This Volunteer Home Maintenance program has been the backbone of SHED since the organization’s inception over ten years ago. SHED acts as coordinator and leader of volunteer activities to assist residents with exterior home maintenance, including painting, yard work, and repairs.

General/Seasonal Work (Exterior) 

  • Raking leaves
  • Cleaning/Minor Gutter Repairs
  • Landscaping
  • Scraping/Painting Exterior Areas
  • Yard Clean-Up (weeding, brush removal, trimming/pruning, mulching, plantings)


  • Deck repairs
  • Railings
  • Fascia/Siding

Minor Skilled Repairs

  • Masonry
  • Driveway patches

Home Rehab Program

The Home Rehab program seeks to expand on the current work SHED is doing to preserve existing homes. We seek to ensure a safe, high-quality living environment for University City residents. The program will perform more substantial exterior and interior rehab and maintenance, involving community youth for hands-on experience in construction and landscaping trades.

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Youth Career Development

The Youth Career Development program seeks to develop career pathways for University City high school students. Students will be offered career pathways in the construction/landscaping trades through in-class, volunteer, and paid employment opportunities.

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COVID-19 Guidelines

Updated: September 2020

Purpose: SHED is dedicated to assisting seniors, disabled, veteran, and low-income residents in University City. For over a decade SHED has been involved in coordinating volunteer efforts to help with home maintenance and repairs.

We understand and respect our volunteers’ concerns about safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also see that the need for our services and volunteer work remains. With this in mind, the following guidelines are designed to create a safe environment for our volunteers, while continuing to provide the important services that SHED offers

  • Any volunteer group may organize volunteers as they see fit to maintain the highest level of safety.
  • Volunteer groups are encouraged to organize in “pods” in which the volunteers who work together are already in regular contact (e.g., a family).
  • Volunteer groups should be kept to small numbers – ideally 3-4 people per home.
  • If all work is not completed in the designated day/timeframe, volunteers may choose to schedule a follow-up day to continue work.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools
  • Volunteers will be advised to maintain six foot distance from anyone not part of their group
  • Volunteers will be asked to wear masks. If they are unable to bring their own, SHED will provide masks and gloves.
  • SHED will also provide disinfectant wipes
  • SHED will NOT provide water or snacks as in past events.
  • There will be no community luncheon (usually hosted by Our Lady of Lourdes) at the October Day of Service.
  • All work will be outdoors.
  • There will be no contact required with homeowners. Homeowners will be contacted before volunteers arrive and informed that they should maintain a safe distance from all volunteers.
  • If any volunteers feel unsafe while working, they are free to leave immediately and inform SHED of unsafe conditions.
  • SHED staff and board will monitor local COVID-19 numbers in advance of the Day of Service, and inform volunteer groups if event is cancelled in case of any spike in cases

For any questions or concerns, please contact:

Adam Brown, Executive Director

SHED, Inc,