Looking for a few good women

Diana Woods and Gail Elder show off the toolboxes they made as part of the Home How-To program.

It’s usually little boys who follow their dads around, learning home repair skills.  That’s probably one of the reasons women can feel so intimidated when trying to fix things around the house.  Home Repair Resource Center has the answer.  Women heads of house in Cleveland Heights are encouraged to call now about the next offering of HHRC’s repair education series, “Home How-To.”  During this intensive, six-month program, women homeowners will work together to master basic carpentry, electrical and plumbing skills.  Absolutely no previous experience is required!

Program participants will benefit from personalized instruction and will have ample opportunity for “hands-on” practice with tools and repair techniques.  By the end of the program, the women will have gained the confidence and experience to complete a variety of home repairs themselves, saving money that can be put toward materials or “bigger” contracted projects.

There are two additional benefits:  each participant will receive an in-home consultation with HRRC’s Repair Instructor to identify needed repairs, and each will have one repair accomplished by the class at her house.

Most of the classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7 to about 9:30 p.m., but a few workshops – those involving more extensive repairs, as well as “rain dates” for exterior projects – will be held on Saturdays.  The series will run from late April through October.

Because the goal is small-group learning, enrollment will be limited to 18 women who meet the following criteria:

• Woman owner/occupant of a house in Cleveland Heights

• Sole head of house

• Income within program guidelines (call for information)

• Willing and able to make six-month commitment (one 2 1/2 hour class

per week; each participant to attend at least 16 of the 25 classes)

A $25 program supply fee is charged, and each participant pays for materials installed during the class at her home.  If interested, call Becky at 381-9560.

Becky Stager has been the repair education programs coordinator for Home Repair Resource Center since 1989. 

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 9:15 AM, 12.11.2008