When it comes to giving back to the Newton community, Nigel Costolloe and the crew at Catchlight Painting have put their paintbrushes to good use. Part of the company’s mission, Catchlight has a long history of donating time, talent and money to enhancing the living spaces of those in difficult circumstances or helping to preserve the rich history found throughout Newton and the Boston area.

Catchlight was recently honored by Newton-based The Second Step with the annual Founder’s Award, given to “exceptional community members who reflect the vision, energy and dedication of the Founders of The Second Step.” A community of survivors, advocates, and volunteers, The Second Step provides comprehensive services to those who have experienced domestic violence, including safety planning, legal advocacy, counseling, peer support, transitional housing, and other essential services. Catchlight donated labor, paint and other materials to refresh the organization’s residences and offices.

“Nigel and his team at Catchlight have been true community partners, ensuring that our residences for survivors of domestic violence are clean, welcoming, and safe. Their professionalism and kindness have made it a pleasure to take on projects that would normally be daunting, and we are beyond grateful for the time and resources they have helped us to save,” commented Second Step Executive Director, Matthew Swoveland.

Says Nigel, “The focus of The Second Step is to help victims of domestic abuse build a brighter future, and sometimes, it begins with creating a beautiful home in which to live. We’re delighted to lend our expertise and support to such a worthy organization.”

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