UAW Donates to Local Women’s Shelter

UAW Leadership takes tour of the Open Arms facility. Pictures by Jerry Scott, Jr, Local 685 News Photographer

When Cherylene Hough, Assistant Director of UAW Chrysler Kokomo Training Center in Indiana, decided to form a team for the 2016 Walk a Mile fundraiser for the Kokomo Rescue Mission, she had no idea of the interest she would generate. Even though the news came a little after the actual walk, she was very excited to receive and share the wonderful news that the UAW International leadership would be making a sizeable contribution to the local community women’s shelter in Kokomo, Indiana.

The generous donation of $10,000 was a collaborative gift from UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell’s “Making Our Children Smile (MOCS)” charity and the UAW Chrysler NTC Kokomo Training Center. UAW Region 2B Director Ken Lortz joined the local UAW leadership from all three Kokomo, Indiana FCA plants to present the monetary donation to Open Arms, the local women’s shelter, on March 21, 2016.

Open Arms is an outreach of the Kokomo Rescue Mission serving six counties in Indiana including Howard, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Miami, and Tipton.

The Open Arms Shelter provides food, shelter and clothing for homeless women and their dependents for up to eighteen months, however its ultimate goal is to provide the residents skills that will allow them to turn their lives around. It is a place where the needy can not only find shelter, but a chance to change the course of their lives and the lives of their children.

UAW Region 2B Director Ken Lortz presents the checks to the Kokomo Open Arms Shelter. Pictured from the right: George Maus (UAW Local 1302 President), Ken Lortz (UAW Region 2B Director), Kem Howell (Director of Women’s Ministries ), Van Taylor (Executive Director of the Kokomo Rescue Mission), Cherylene Hough (Assistant Director of UAW NTC Chrysler Training Center), Jerry Price (Local 685 Vice President), and Steve Hodson (Local 1166 President).

During a tour of the facility, the Director of Open Arms, Van Taylor, said that without the generosity of the UAW in Howard County, they would have a hard time reaching the needs of the women they work with because the organization is completely dependent on donations to fund its services.

The UAW is known for strong community involvement. UAW members’ readiness to help women and children in crisis is another example of the UAW making a difference in our own local communities.

Written by Linda Taylor, Local 685 News Editor