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Home Visits During Blizzard Crucial For Elderly Homebound

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By Mana Rabiee

Volunteers in Northeast D.C. have been making house calls to make sure elderly residents who live alone are alright.

It's snowing hard outside but Carol Calza is getting ready to go out--again. She's one of dozens of volunteers with Capitol Hill Village, a non-profit in the Eastern Market neighborhood that helps homebound residents with everyday chores like grocery shopping and rides to the doctors' office.

Clza is visiting Mimi Chesslin, who's in a wheelchair after getting cancer treatment. "It's hard to explain to anyone who's never been disabled but my life is very constricted," says Mimi.

Visits such as this one are critical. During her visit, Calza discovers there's no heat in the house. "I think we better try to call and get a furnace person out here," she tells Mimi.

Another volunteer group says it conducted a 100-person "phone tree" to check in on their homebound clients.

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