Local Union Members Continue to Fight Addiction on Day of Community Action

April 18, 2019; Strongsville Ohio:  The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 (IUPAT) is planning to rehab three cutting edge nonprofit addiction treatment services; the Jean Marie House Recovery Center in Brook Park Ohio, Addiction Services Council Recovery Center in Cincinnati, and the Refuge Ministry Recovery Center in Columbus. In total, approximately $75,000 in Labor and Materials will be donated by over 40 IUPAT members on Saturday, April 20th 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. “Seven out of 10 families are touched by addiction.  IUPAT DC6 is partnering with organizations that are on the front lines dealing with this crisis.”

The Jean Marie House is a sober Living Program for women, with a capacity of serving 35 women at one time.  They are part of the Ed Keating Center, which has three non-profit sober living facilities that treats recovering alcoholic and drug-addicted men and women.  Addiction Services Council has cut overdose rates in Cincinnati by as much as 35%. Their prevention services reach more than 30,000 people annually, which supports their vision to build a community free of drug and alcohol abuse as well as the disease of addiction. The Refuge Ministry Recovery Center in Columbus offers free drug rehab services. They have four locations around central Ohio that serve 75+ men and women. They have heled more than 5,000 men and women recover from addiction.

The IUPAT Community Action Day begins at 7:AM on Saturday, April 20th 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 .

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