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Home repair course taught by a woman, for women

July 11-Aug. 8—RUTLAND—As part of a comprehensive community revitalization strategy, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is piloting an educational program aimed at empowering women with the skills and tools (literally) to solve common home maintenance issues.

“We Can Fix It: A Home Maintenance Course for Women,” designed by LaborWorks Onsite Project Manager Morgan Overable, is a hands-on, deep-dive into the household structures and mechanisms that frequently drive renters and homeowners to their wits ends.

“This course is designed to empower women to understand and take control of the mysterious infrastructure of their living environment,” said Morgan Overable. “Female head-of-households will develop an understanding of how their homes function and a working knowledge of the tools that every homeowner or renter should have on hand in case of something unexpected. This course seeks to provide the most up-to-date and accurate knowledge of the inner workings of all areas of the homes structure and systems while supporting the development of a stronger, more capable female head-of-household.”

The pilot program will consist of three courses in Rutland County over the next 12 months. The first class was added to Facebook as an event and within 48 hours, the 10 $25 seats were filled. A waitlist is currently being cultivated.

The first course started July 11 at 5 p.m. at 45 Union Street and the series continues every Tuesday evening through Aug. 8. For more info. visit,

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