CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As temporary home to some of Charleston's rougher individuals, The Giltinan Center on Leon Sullivan Way has needed more than its share of maintenance since it opened its doors as the Men's Emergency Shelter in 1989.
"We've been painting on and off, over the years," said Alex Alston, director of the Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center that oversees the shelter. "The building gets a lot of use. We're men."
But it's likely the center has never gotten a free paint job, especially one using top-of-the-line Benjamin Moore paint, thanks to a gift by the manufacturer.
Alston, Mayor Danny Jones and Bill Farmer, a sales representative from Charlottesville, Va., were on hand Tuesday morning to announce that The Giltinan Center was one of 51 shelters across the country chosen for Benjamin Moore Paints' "Color Care Across America" program.
The idea, according to a news release, is to test the "uplifting emotional impact of color" by repainting up to 10,000 square feet at each shelter.
In Charleston, painting contractor Michael Susser volunteered to do the work.
"He comes in on his own time," Farmer said. "He's getting some of the people at the shelter to help, so it's kind of on-the-job training."
Benjamin Moore is providing its best "super-premium" interior paint, called Aura, he said, which provides superior hiding power, durability and low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) while drying.