'Raise the Roof' to celebrate 40 years of Home Repair Resource Center

For four decades, the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) has worked hand in hand with residents to keep the houses of Cleveland Heights in good repair, amounting to more than $14 million in home improvements, and benefiting both individual homeowners and their neighbors.

To celebrate this milestone, HRRC invites the public to “Raise the Roof: Celebrate 40 Years of HRRC.” This informal benefit party will be held on June 17, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., at Heights Grill on Lee Road. The celebration will recognize the organization’s history and impact, acknowledge key partners, and look ahead to HRRC’s next decades.

Led by Nancy Dietrich and Andrea Morris, a committee of HRRC’s supporters is planning the celebration. Tickets for the event are $40 per person, and space is limited. A house-themed auction will add to the evening's festivities.

“HRRC has really made a difference in this community,” observed Kathryn Lad, now in her fifth year as the organization’s executive director. “We have grown from a small outreach project, founded in 1971 by members of Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian, to an organization that now assists people in all stages of home ownership.  Over the years, HRRC has responded to changing housing needs, while remaining committed to our mission.”

Alex Pesta, HRRC board president, said, “Strong partnerships have been critical to our success.” Among the organization’s partners are Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian; Key Bank; the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library; and the City of Cleveland Heights, which provides Community Development Block Grant funding to help support HRRC’s work.

For more information about Raise the Roof, or to make a reservation, call 216-381-6100, ext. 16. For information about HRRC's programs and services, go to www.hrrc-ch.org or call 216-381-6100.

Rebecca Stager

Becky Stager has been the home repair education coordinator at HRRC since 1989.

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