The Refuge gets $10,000 gift from Eaton

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG

Posted 1/30/18

Cleveland's Eaton Corporation manufacturing plant has presented a $10,000 grant to local nonprofit organization The Refuge. The Refuge was chosen out of thousands of organizations nationwide to …

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The Refuge gets $10,000 gift from Eaton

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Cleveland's Eaton Corporation manufacturing plant has presented a $10,000 grant to local nonprofit organization The Refuge. 

The Refuge was chosen out of thousands of organizations nationwide to receive a grant through the corporate Eaton Charitable Fund this year. Representatives of the local plant submitted the proposal and say they were happy to be able to present the check Monday. 

"It was so exciting to find out we received this grant — especially since it was our first time applying for it," said Kelli Kyle, chief operations officer of The Refuge. "We were very excited and very honored." 

The Refuge is an organization which offers a variety of programs to help local families. Much of what it does involves helping adults gain steady employment to ensure good lives for themselves and their families. 

Kyle said this grant will be used to provide scholarships for select participants in the organization's PATH Program. This program includes three job skills training options: Employment Connection, Career Connection Basic and Career Connection Advanced. 

These options range from a two-day training which teaches basic job skills to one which includes four days of job skills training and additional training at Cleveland State Community College. Participants in the Career Connection Advanced program can train in customer service or MIG welding at CSCC, receiving either a customer service certificate or MIG welding and OSHA 10 certifications. 

Though this training comes with a cost, scholarships help provide free training to those who cannot afford it. Kyle said past Career Connection Advanced participants have gone on to find “great, sustainable careers,” so this grant will help make a difference in people’s lives. 

 “We are excited for The Refuge and excited to be part of what they do,” said Quincey Bentley, senior materials planner at Eaton.  

This is not the first time the local Eaton plant has helped local organizations receive grant funds. Past grant recipients have included Taylor Elementary School and the area chapter of the American Cancer Society. 

Michael Patterson, human resources manager at Eaton, said employees at the local plant see the importance of helping the community, and are regularly involved in efforts to do so. One recent project involved collecting items for a local shelter for women affected by domestic violence. 

“Whenever you’re helping your community, you are helping it become stronger,” said Patterson. “We love our community and want it to be as strong as it can be.” 


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