Community Outreach

13Oct 2017
  • Conference Attendees
  • Finishing Trades of the Ohio Region Member at the Fostering Pathways to Success conference

October 12, 2017 – Columbus, Ohio – Members of the IUPAT DC6 Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region (FTIOR) took part in the 6th Annual Fostering Pathways to Success conference in Xenos, hosted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). The event was attended by over 400 foster youth ages 14 to 24, adult caregivers and professionals. The purpose of the conference is to connect former foster youth to financial aid, housing, mentoring, and apprenticeship opportunities as they embark on their life journey.

John Husted, Ohio Secretary of State was the morning Keynote speaker. Adopted as a child, he has been a longstanding advocate for adoption and helping to pair children with healthy and loving families.

The Lunch Keynote Speaker MelissaRoshan Potter (“MelRo”), an uncommon talent who has modeled internationally for more than 15 years. She has appeared on magazine covers, billboards, print ads, national commercials, and runways, but what this respected model is most proud of is being a survivor who aged out of foster care, became a teen parent, and lived with her son in a teen-parenting homeless shelter for two years.

Attendees had the opportunity to attend a workshop entitled “ApprenticeOhio: A Path to a Great Career with No College Debt hosted by Becky DeMatteis and Matthew Longfellow. They learned that Apprenticeships can provide a smooth pathway to a good-paying, in-demand career, with no student loan debt.

IUPAT DC6 FTIOR representatives were on hand to answer questions, hand out T-Shirts, and share their own career paths with IUPAT. The conference offered many valuable resources to both young people and adult supporters alike.

19Aug 2017

District Council 6 hosted their 12th annual PATCH Golf Outing at Coppertop Golf Course on Thursday, August 3rd. A large crowd turned out and enjoyed the four person scramble format which also featured several special events including longest drive, closest to the pin, skins game, and a poker game. Raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle, combined with a delicious steak dinner and good times with friends made the event an overwhelming success. The event raised $24,000 for PATCH charities.

Founded in 2001, the members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades created the PATCH Foundation to support organizations that provide educational and medical services to our youth, as well as support local sports programs. This is the 12th year that DC6 has hosted a golf outing for PATCH. Patch Foundation support in 2017 has included the New Castle, PA WMCA, The Littlest Heroes, and the Golden String, Inc.

Helping DC6 reach their PATCH fundraising goal, the DC6 Young Lions raised $5,336, and proceeds from the “Sign Movie” from Sign and Display local 639 raised another $2,056 towards the goal. DC6 would also like to acknowledge Linda Myers for our outstanding work on the raffle baskets, and Bob Barker and Cindy Craft for the vinyl work on the plaques made by our own apprentices under the supervision of George Boots.

“Every penny that is raised goes to children’s charities throughout the council,” said Jim Sherwood, Business Manager Secretary/Treasurer for DC6. To learn more about the Painters & Allied Trades for Children’s Hope PATCH, visit https://iupat.org/member-information/patch/ 

18Jun 2017
  • Clay Shoot IUPAT Sportsman Alliance
  • Clay Shoot IUPAT
  • IUPAT Veterans Challenge Coin

June 17th –  The IUPAT Union Sportsman Alliance held a Clay Shoot at Elkhorn Lake Hunt Club in Bucyrus, Ohio Proceeds from the event raised money for conservation efforts.

Over 30 Union Brothers and Sisters included many retired members enjoyed a day of shooting rounds on the sporting clay course. IUPAT Dan Penski and General Vice President Harry Zell presented Ed O’Neil with the Veterans Challenge Coin for his service to our country during four tours in Vietnam.

04May 2017

STRONGSVILLE, OH: IUPAT DC6 Business Manager Jim Sherwood presented retired IUPAT Glazier Howard Briggs a $2,500 donation from PATCH to benefit The Littlest Heroes, a nonprofit organization that seeks to positively impact the lives of children with cancer and their families, regardless of income level or zip code.

Patch donates $2,500 to The Littlest Heroes Childhood Cancer nonprofit

IUPAT Business Manager Jim Sherwood presents retired Glazier Howard Briggs with a $2,500 PATCH donation to support The Littlest Heroes organization.

“We’re a charity that supports Families that have kids with cancer,” declared Briggs who has been volunteering with The Littlest Heroes for 10 years.  “We buy parking places at the Clinic, at University Hospitals. We provide food cards, gas cards, we pay bills, we do whatever it takes short of paying the actual medical expenses.” Briggs, who is a top fundraiser for the organization, volunteers as a way to pay it forward for his wife’s recovery from cancer. “It all goes 100% back to the charity.”

The PATCH Foundation receives support from local IUPAT members, who collect donations to support a hometown charity or organization. Donations are used to address literacy, education, childhood illnesses, emotional well-being, poverty, and homelessness.

Any classic car fans in the house? IUPAT Members have another opportunity to support The Littlest Heroes on June 3rd, by participating in a charity car show the organization has planned from 9: AM until 3: PM. All cars are welcome, and the event also includes a 50/50 raffle, Chinese raffles, door prizes, plaques, and trophies. For more information on the Littles Heroes Car Show, click HERE.

23Apr 2017

IUPAT Team Members from Columbus Ohio were featured on a 10TV WBNS news story showcasing their contributions on the IUPAT DC-6 Day of Community Action.IUPAT members worked to rehab a donated house that will be the first brick and mortar facility for The Freeman House, a nonprofit that provides a sanctuary for recovery through a continuum of care, building trusting relationships that last, while living a clean and sober lifestyle. Once completed, the Freeman House will be home to 6 – 8 women who will receive supportive services necessary so they don’t have to return to their old lifestyle to survive.

18Apr 2017

$75,000 in Labor and Materials Donated

April 18, 2017; Strongsville Ohio:  The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 (IUPAT) is partnering with the AFL-CIO, United Way of Central Ohio, Bank of Labor, and Franklin County contractor Kendrick Mollenauer Painting to rehab three cutting edge nonprofit addiction treatment services; The Absolute House in Cleveland Ohio, The Freeman House in Columbus Ohio, and Brighton Recovery Center for Women in Florence Kentucky. In total, approximately $75,000 in Labor and Materials will be donated by over 40 IUPAT members on Saturday April 22nd, the IUPAT Day of Community Action.  The support is part of a district-wide initiative to focus union resources towards fighting the opioid epidemic.

“IUPAT DC6 is committed to making a positive impact in the communities in which we live and work,” said Jim Sherwood, Business Manager Secretary/Treasurer for IUPAT DC6. “Both Ohio and Kentucky have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, we wanted to focus our resources to help treatment services that are on the front lines of the war against addiction.”

Giving back to the community isn’t new for IUPAT DC6, in 2016 they also coordinated $75,000 in Labor and Materials to 3 local nonprofit organizations on their Day of Community Action.

Cleveland area IUPAT Members will be rehabbing 19 – 25 suites with drywall and paint to convert a former convent into a sober living facility for The Absolute House, whose mission is providing the education, housing, and employment resources that empower men struggling with alcohol and drug abuse to conquer addiction and maintain sobriety.

In Columbus, IUPAT members will be helping sex trafficking victims regain their lives by rehabbing a donated house that will be the first brick and mortar facility for The Freeman House, a nonprofit that provides a sanctuary for recovery through a continuum of care, building trusting relationships that last, while living a clean and sober lifestyle. Once completed, the Freeman House will be home to 6 – 8 women who will receive supportive services necessary so they don’t have to return to their old lifestyle to survive.

The Brighton Recovery Center’s sober living house in Florence Kentucky will receive a significant facelift, thanks to local IUPAT members who will be painting and patching all the common living areas in the building, along with the bathrooms. Brighton is a 100-bed facility located in Boone County that utilizes recovery dynamics curriculum and a peer-driven model of recovery that helps women recover from chronic substance abuse and addiction, and move toward a life of sobriety and productivity.

The IUPAT Community Action Day begins at 7:AM on Saturday, April 22nd and is concluded whenever the projects are done. Local IUPAT members volunteer their time towards the projects, which are always focused on IUPAT’s home communities. For more information on the IUPAT Day of Community Action, visit http://iupat-dc6.org/news/ .

12Apr 2017

April 12, 2017: District Council 6 of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT) has chosen the Florence nonprofit organization Brighton Recovery Center for Women (Brighton) as the recipient of their 2017 Day of Community Action on April 22nd. The move reinforces a District-wide effort to support organizations that are on the cutting edge of fighting the opioid epidemic. Union members will be patching and painting the facilities bathrooms and common areas, including the living and dining rooms.

Brighton Recovery Center for Women is a 100-bed facility located in Boone County that utilizes recovery dynamics curriculum and is a peer-driven model of recovery, a program that helps women recover from chronic substance abuse and addiction, and move toward a life of sobriety and productivity. The focus is to help the women change their behavior, skills, and attitudes related to their addictive lifestyles.
“We were extremely impressed by Brighton’s impact last year,” said Lee Denney, Business Representative for IUPAT and project coordinator. “The organization helped over 340 women battle addiction, 53% of which reported no relapse in the 6 months after completing phase one of treatment. That’s a much higher success rate that is commonly reported in addiction treatment.”

IUPAT DC6 members from Locals 123, 238, and 387 have already committed to the project, which has an anticipated value of $4,000 to Brighton.

02Apr 2017

Columbus Ohio – April 2, 2017 – IUPAT DC6’s Columbus day of Community Action on April 22nd is focused on helping a local nonprofit – The Freeman Project, rehab a donated house to create the organization’s first brick and mortar treatment facility for victims of Sex Trafficking called The Freeman House.  IUPAT Event organizer Chris Naegele is looking for 8 to 10 painters and finishers for the done-in-a-day project. Volunteers should call Chris at (614) 620-6986 to register or for more information.

Human Trafficking or Sex Trafficking is the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. As a survivor of human trafficking and founder of The Freeman Project, Barb Freeman has made it her mission to end the exploitation of women and girls by providing a sanctuary for recovery that provides a continuum of care, building trusting relationships that last, while living a clean and sober lifestyle. She also works to increase awareness through public speaking, legislative advocacy, and building partnerships throughout the community.

Once completed, the Freeman House will be home to 6 – 8 women who will receive the necessary supportive services to ensure they don’t have to return to their old lifestyle to survive. Treatment may also include recovery from a substance or alcohol problem, and assistance getting a job and accessing available community resources. There is no time limit on how long a person may stay at the house, which also uses a positive culture and a spotlight on health and wellness to ensure their client’s long-term success.

18Mar 2017

Strongsville Ohio – March 18, 2017:  Practically anyone in the recovery community will tell you that the hardest part of sobriety is not getting sober. It’s staying sober.  That’s why the IUPAT DC6 Day of Community Action on April 22nd will benefit two nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations whose mission is to provide the education, housing, and employment resources that empower men struggling with alcohol and drug abuse to conquer addiction and maintain sobriety – The Absolute House and the Jack Mulhall Center for Sober Living. The project is being led by Patrick Patron, Sr.

IUPAT DC6 members including Painters, Glaziers, Drywall Finishers, and Sign & Display Workers are needed to rehab 19 – 25 suites with drywall and paint to convert a former convent into a sober living facility. The project begins at 7:00 AM and runs until the work is completed. Approximately 35 – 50 volunteers are needed for the day of service. Volunteers should contact Terry O’Neil at (216) 375-9629 to sign up, e-mail terryo@iupat-dc6.org, or complete the sign-up form on the bottom of this page.

Two potential sites for the rehab are currently being evaluated for the project, one is on Harvard Avenue in Cleveland, the other in the Westpark area. The exact location of the project will be announced as soon as it is available.

Targeting the Heroin Epidemic

Patrick Patton, Sr., is the Director of the Jack Mulhall Center for Sober Living

Patrick Patton, Sr., well known in the recovery community for over 30 years and a recovering alcoholic for 42 years, has seen his share of changes in the people seeking treatment.  20 years ago, the typical person seeking treatment would be an alcoholic who also used cocaine, today their typical client is a heroin addict.

“Everyone wants to end the heroin epidemic, but nobody wants former addicts living in their neighborhood,” exclaimed Patton, who has struggled getting sober living facilities accepted in the community.

When Patton was contacted by IUPAT DC6, he was impressed by their commitment to offering second chances to people who are recovering from addiction, and by their desire to make a difference in the fight against the heroin epidemic.

“They took me at face value,” said Patton, “we were on the same page.”

In addition to his career in the recovery community, Patton worked as a line helper driver and power dispatcher for the City of Cleveland for 12 years, and was the Director of the City of Cleveland’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for 18 years. During that time, he was a member of IBEW Local 39, where he held the position of Financial Secretary. The values he learned from IBEW Local 39 carried through to his design of the EAP program, which achieved a higher utilization rate than similar programs throughout the country. He still considers himself a Union Brother.

The Absolute House

The Absolute House was founded in 2010 by Jack Smith, a recovering addict who describes his former lifestyle as making everything fit around plans for intoxication. He worked 15 years driving a beer truck for Budweiser, and then went to work for the U.S. Postal Service. During his time with the post office, he was mauled by a pit bill and badly injured. At the time of the attack, he was attending a treatment program and managed to stay sober, partially because of his sponsor Jack Mulhall.  Mulhall asked Smith to work with him at the Freedom House and the Ed Keating Center, two well-known sober living facilities in the Cleveland area. In June 2010, Smith took over a former Catholic high school building in Cleveland with only $10,000 to his name, and turned it into what is now known as The Absolute House.

Over 2,000 men have gotten help from The Absolute House since it was founded. Smith estimates that 70% of those who stayed for the full treatment program are still sober today.

Jack Mulhall Center for Sober Living

Founded in 2016 by Patrick Patton, Sr., Ralph Lucarelli, and with the support of the Mulhall Family, the Jack Mulhall Center for Sober Living uses a three-part treatment program that starts with cleaning the person up, combined with intense education on the 12-step program. After the first 60 days, the organization helps the recovering addict find employment and become part of the community again, with a strong emphasis on giving back to others struggling with addiction while maintaining a safe and healthy lifestyle. Residents stay at the sober house for up to 7 months after their initial 60-day program, and are only charged a small amount for rent after finding employment. Services are provided regardless of a person’s ability to pay.

The Jack Mulhall Legacy

Jack Mulhall, who passed away in 2009, was a World War II Veteran, a high school dropout, an elementary school janitor, and an alcoholic with decades of sobriety.  He was a beloved but controversial leader in Cleveland’s fight against alcohol and drug abuse. A champion of self-reliance, he was the former Director of Stella Maris and founder of Freedom House, but when the boards wanted to charge clients and take government funds, he left to found the Ed Keating Center in 1998.

Patton met Mulhall just a few days into his sobriety, and they became lifelong friends.  Together they worked at Stella Maris, where Patton was Assistant Director. “I was honored to both know Jack as a friend and work alongside of him,” commented Patton.

Following in the footsteps of his mentor and friend Jack Mulhall, Patton is dedicated to his commitment of never turning away anyone seeking treatment. Even though the organization does not serve women, Patton works with his daughter, Katie Potter, Director of the Jean Marie House, a women’s facility that is part of the Ed Keating Center.

“As a recovering alcoholic, I have an obligation to help others struggling with addiction, in the tradition of Jack Mulhall,” said Patton, “It’s an honor to work with the men and women of IUPAT DC6 in achieving our vision.”

For more information on the IUPAT DC6 Day of Community Action on April 22nd, contact Terry O’Neil at (216) 375-9629 or e-mail terryo@iupat-dc6.org.

 

06Mar 2017

IUPAT-DC6 is excited to announce the 2017 day of Community Action will take place on Saturday, April 22nd. We will be announcing the nonprofit organization that we will be working with shortly, but rest assured this year’s project has the potential to make a huge impact in the lives of hundreds of individuals in our community!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We need as many Union brothers and sisters to volunteer for our Day of Action, please consider volunteering using the form below. More details around this special event will be released shortly.