SYRACUSE Diane Bostick grew up in a nice house and attended private school in Dewitt, but she lived a less sheltered life than some of her peers, thanks to the summers she spent working on the assembly line at her father’s business - Microwave Filter Company in East Syracuse. While most of her friends were off at summer camp, Bostick was working with people who were on welfare, who had husbands with a drinking problem, or were in domestic abuse situations. It was here, on the assembly line, that she learned how not everyone’s life was as happy as hers.
Bostick, who has owned His & Hers Fix-Its in Syracuse for over 20 years with her husband, is starting a new project to help educate less fortunate people about the principles and practices of home repair. Her dream is to start a school, which she calls the Handi Home Crew School, and give those who may not have the experience or knowledge to find a job a push in the right direction.
The project started about nine months ago, when she was having health issues and put out an ad to find someone to fill her place and help out her husband in their home repairs business. A man named Artie Parilla responded, saying that he worked for a home repair company and could find her some leads.
They became friends, and eventually Bostick told him she was considering going into teaching but had no classroom. Perillo suggested finding a building or church that needed repairs, but didn’t have the money to take any action and that maybe Bostick could teach a class in exchange for fixing up the place simultaneously. After graduating from the school, her students would have something to put on their resume to get back into the work force. It was a win-win situation, and the Handi Home Crew School was born.