An addiction rehabilitation facility in Cleveland benefitted from the dedication and talent of 37 volunteers from several Local Unions from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6, during the IUPAT’s Annual Day of Community Action.
On April 20, the DC 6 volunteers focused union resources toward supporting Jean Marie House, which works to help women beat various addictions.
Volunteers performed interior and exterior work at the facility, which is part of the Ed Keating Center and provides alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation services for women.
Through the generosity and kindness of volunteers and contractors, wall and ceilings were repaired and painted and doors and frames on the main floor corridor, entrance and in common areas received a fresh coat of paint as well.
According to Joe Jeffers, Business Representative/Organizer for Mixed Trades Local 788, volunteers worked hard to complete a long list of items that needed attention.
On a future date when the weather permits, volunteers will return to the Jean Marie House and finish the job by the entire exterior of the building and painting interior trim on the building’s west side.
Jean Marie House staff members were amazed at the transformation, Jeffers said.
“They couldn’t have been happier and more thankful,” he said.
Jeffers said he was extremely proud of the members who answered the call and donated their time and talent to help this worthy organization.
Besides the work of volunteers, multiple DC 6 contractors graciously donated materials. Without their support, work on the Jean Marie House would not have been possible. Jeffers thanked Thomarios, Frank Novak & Sons, EM Painting and Lou Ritenour for their donations and support.
Besides the work performed in northeast Ohio, IUPAT unions across the country spent time giving back to their local communities in various ways. DC 6 members in the central and southern regions of the state fixed drywall and painted rehabilitation centers in Columbus and Cincinnati.