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Women’s group helps women vets

Sarah Smicker, with Sherwin-Williams Women's Networking Group, rolls the ceiling Wednesday at Robin's Home in Butler. The volunteers painted five rooms and some common spaces at the support facility for women veterans and their families. Cary Shaffer/Butler Eagle

A project on Wednesday and Thursday at Robin’s Home proves that women can do anything men can do.

Two different 10-person crews from the Sherwin-Williams Women’s Networking Group sanded, spackled, primed and painted five bedrooms occupied by women who have served their country in the military.

Robin’s Home director Mary Chitwood said funds were few three years ago when Robin’s Home began its mission to provide supportive housing to women veterans, so inexpensive paint was used in the bedrooms.

As Chitwood registered Robin’s Home for an account at Sherwin-Williams Paint Store in Alameda Plaza, she chatted with employee Kiara Oesterling about the home and its mission to support female veterans. Oesterling then approached her Sherwin-Williams Women’s Networking Group, which completes two or three charitable projects per year in the western third of Pennsylvania.

“It just fell together,” Oesterling said. “We thought it very fitting that our women’s group is doing a project for women veterans.”

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