HRRC offers classes for all
“Aren’t your repair classes just for women? . . . for Cleveland Heights residents? . . . for people with a low-enough income?” Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) staff members hear questions like these all the time.
In fact, the people who take HRRC’s home repair classes are young and old, rich and poor, men and women, total beginners and folks with some know-how, the physically able and the physically challenged. They have one thing in common: they want to learn how to repair their homes themselves. Among those who have taken HRRC’s classes are:
- Mothers and daughters, like Marian and Kathryn, who learned to do plumbing repairs together;
- New homeowners Priyanka and Ryan, who came to learn how to maintain their new South Euclid house for years to come;
- Joe, a senior, who’s lived in his Shaker Heights home for decades but still wants to do his own repairs when possible;
- Eda, the proud owner of a Rockefeller home in East Cleveland, who wants to preserve its character;
- Out-of-towners, including Marissa from Pennsylvania, who takes HRRC's electrical series because there’s nothing like it near her.
HRRC’s classes are made possible by Community Development Block Grant funds, administered by the City of Cleveland Heights; donations from countless individuals; and class fees from students who can afford to pay.
HRRC’s model is simple: Learn what you need. Pay what you can. Of its 300 or so students this year, nearly 70 percent qualified for discounts. Based on income and/or residency, discounts range from 25 to 100 percent.
HRRC offers practical, accessible, hands-on repair education to everyone, without exception. To see a list of HRRC classes, and for more information on registration and discounts, visit www.hrrc-ch.org.
Pam Wetherill is HRRC's home repair education coordinator.