PHOENIXVILLE — Pennsylvania Painting Masters helps people find purpose and value while recovering from addiction. Specializing in interior house painting, the business employs individuals in the Phoenix Recovery Project, a residential treatment program.
Brandt Norton, who founded the Phoenix Recovery Project, and partners Shawn McGinness and Matt Carey, each struggled with addiction themselves. With this new business, they aim to help people in the recovery process develop useful working skills and find work as they go through the program.
“We want to be able to help the guys and girls in the houses who need income and can’t find gainful employment, maybe because of their record. It seems like there are a lot of jobs, but sometimes it is still a struggle to find something,” said Norton, who began working as a behavioral health professional 11 years ago after getting sober.
“I turned my life around. We started up the recovery houses and outpatient facility. That’s what we love to do, we love helping people,” he said.
The Phoenix Recovery Project started in 2018 and currently has four recovery houses in Phoenixville. There is also an outpatient facility that provides clinical mental health and addiction therapy. Norton noted the importance of treating the mind, the body and the spirit in order for people to recover from addiction and mental health issues.
“We looked at Chester County specifically. We noticed there were no recovery houses, so we wanted to be a resource. Phoenixville seemed like it would be perfect for people to have a safe place to live and restart their life. It’s a very welcoming and open community which is crucial,” Norton said.
The idea for Pennsylvania Painting Masters began a year ago when Carey, a professional painter, became a resident at one of the recovery houses. Norton and McGinness realized Carey had viable working skills he could teach fellow residents and they could begin working while in recovery. The first project was repainting several rooms in one of the residential treatment houses.
“It’s not only providing a good service, we are providing work to people who are in the recovery houses or in the recovery community who have been told ‘no’ and rejected at some point. That’s why they end up here. They are looking for help and for answers. You hear about how many jobs are out there, but it is tough when you have a record. We’re putting people to work and they’re able to pay their bills and help their family,” McGinness said.
“Matt is a great guy and was taking his recovery seriously. We wanted to invest in him because he had skills and could teach other people in the houses so we could give them employment right away. A lot of our employees are in recovery. We even get customers in recovery which is pretty cool. We do discounts for people in recovery, seniors, veterans and health care workers,” Norton added.
Sergio Albino, who has been in treatment since November, noted how the recovery program has made a positive impact on his life. He noted that Painting Masters helps residents in recovery find employment.
“It has been life-changing for me. It provides community connection and has allowed me to form relationships that I never had the chance to,” he said. “I do case management for second chance employment so I know where help is needed, and that is one of the areas. It is great to have people who are willing to give a second chance and be able to have resources for the residents so we can get positions that we may not get with our backgrounds.”
Pennsylvania Painting Masters provides residential and commercial painting services — both interior and exterior. The company serves the Greater Philadelphia region including Berks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.
For more information about the company’s services or to get a quote call 610-492-9033, visit https://www.facebook.com/papaintingmasters or https://papaintingmasters.com/
For more information about Phoenix Recovery Project visit parecoverycenter.com.