2011-11-25 / Community

Home Repair Program Graduates Locals


The Fall 2011 graduating class, including Diane Domingo, Vernetta Domingo, Blanca Cordero, Instructor Walter Mullins, Cheryl Thompson, Colleen Mulvey, Joseph Barden (Margert Community Corporation), Lois Peters, Ronald Palmer, Janelle Edwards, Edward Hill, Jacqui Figueroa, Belinda Bradley, Kate Willsen, Catherine Granton, and Shane Mulvey. Photos by Colleen Mulvey. The Fall 2011 graduating class, including Diane Domingo, Vernetta Domingo, Blanca Cordero, Instructor Walter Mullins, Cheryl Thompson, Colleen Mulvey, Joseph Barden (Margert Community Corporation), Lois Peters, Ronald Palmer, Janelle Edwards, Edward Hill, Jacqui Figueroa, Belinda Bradley, Kate Willsen, Catherine Granton, and Shane Mulvey. Photos by Colleen Mulvey. A program that teaches men and women how to repair their homes graduated more than a dozen residents two weeks ago, the culmination of a program that provides hands-on instruction in such basic skills as using tools, carpentry, plumbing repairs, drywall installation, painting and basic electrical repairs.The program, hosted by The Housing Partnership and Margert Community Corporation, was set up to assist low and moderate income residents who are new homeowners to maintain their home investment.

The instructor, Walter Mullins, who volunteers his time and expertise, says that two-thirds of the participants are women and that all the tools and material needed for the course are provided free of charge.


Shane Mulvey works with Ronald Palmer Shane Mulvey works with Ronald Palmer The weekly two-hour sessions were held at St. Gertrude’s Church on Beach 37 Street in Edgemere.

Before graduating and receiving their certificates, participants had to demonstrate their newly-learned skills working with lumber, sheetrock and other materials by building finished rooms, complete with electrical and plumbing systems.

The graduation ceremony was held at the church on November 2.

The youngest participant was Shane Mulvey, 7, who came to class with his mother, Colleen, but wanted to join in with the adults.

Shane earned his Home Maintenance Certificate along with his mother at the ceremony.

Mullins said of Shane, “He got his certificate for one reason, because he earned it. He came to class every week and worked hard.”


Walter Mullins talks with the class. Walter Mullins talks with the class. Shane says that he is eager to show off his new skills by doing home projects.

“He did a great job,” his mother said.

The program began on September 7 and ended with the graduation on November 2.



Vernetta Domingo painting. Vernetta Domingo painting.

Colleen and Shane try their hand at fixing a toilet. Colleen and Shane try their hand at fixing a toilet.

Shane Mulvey receives certificate from Joseph Barden. Shane Mulvey receives certificate from Joseph Barden.

Walter Mullins teaches painting techniques. Walter Mullins teaches painting techniques.

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