A group of volunteers from the Westchester chapter of the Painting & Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) skipped the White Plains St. Patrick’s Parade last Saturday to bring some cheer to the homeless. They spent the day giving the Open Arms men’s shelter on Post Road a major facelift, painting two dormitories, 40 lockers, two hallways, two bathrooms and assorted railings, trims, doors baseboards and ceilings.
“The place looks better than it has in 20 years,” said Arthur Stagg, Open Arms building coordinator.
Each year the PDCA organizes a charity painting project to give something back to the community. The 20 who painted Open Arms included union members. crew members of the Sean O’Connell Painting Corp. and volunteers from St. Patrick’s Church in Armonk.
Paint and materials were donated by the Sherwin WIlliams Paint Co., Benjamin Moore Paint Company, K.R.B. Janitorial Supply Co. and Harrison Pain Supply.
Open Arms, a 38-bed men’s shelter, provides shelter and rehabilitave services for single homeless men. The Shellter is an arm of the Grace Church Community Center, which provides an array of services for the homeless and poor.