October 6, 2022- Constructing Hope celebrates 15 years as a pre-apprenticeship training program with an awards ceremony and happy hour.
Since 2007, Constructing Hope has offered a no cost, 10-week, construction skills and life skills pre-apprenticeship construction training program for disadvantaged men and women, focusing on justice impacted and BIPOC communities.
Constructing Hope honored several of its constituents and partner organizations for their contributions towards building equity for low-income people of color within the construction industry.

Featured Awardees

Lifetime Achievement Awards – Ray Lampkin of Lampkin Construction 

  • Portland native “Lighting Ray” Lampkin is a retired professional lightweight boxer who is one of the first African Americans to fight for a WBA lightweight title. Mr. Lampkin founded Lampkin General Contractors. As 1 of the first African American contractors in our area; is a long-time supporter of Constructing Hope. In 2014, Mr. Lampkin was the first to create a Scholarship Award, which is presented to a graduating African American male with the potential to go on to become a contractor. Mr. Lampkin encourages and facilitates people of color entering the construction industry as a business owner, mentor and philanthropist. His contributions have been instrumental in Constructing Hope’s growth as a Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. 

Contractors Award – Raimore Construction 

  • Black-owned construction company, Raimore Construction, was formed by Jeff Moreland Sr. and Andre Raiford in 1996. They’ve since grown from just 2 employees to 80. They’ve expanded their skill set, providing streetscape and structural steel work. Raimore was one of the first to send instructors into our training classes and has been committed to hiring CH graduates.  We commend Raimore Construction for its commitment to workforce diversity and for supporting CH trainees’ post-graduation. 

Honored Partner Award – OAME 

  • Founded in 1987 with the mission to promote and develop entrepreneurship & economic development for ethnic minorities in the State of Oregon & SW Washington. OAME became a hub for minority contractors to get the resources necessary for growing their businesses and has been key in establishing many black-owned construction businesses in the greater Portland Metro area. Constructing Hope is honoring OAME for its commitment to supporting minority contractors at every phase of their businesses’ growth since its inception. 

Executive Director Individual Award – Dave Dahl 

  • Dave has become an important part of the Constructing Hope family. In early 2020 Dave’s $100,000 donation to the program helped us to keep the doors open when contract income froze due to a COVID caused pause to our training. He helped us to rebuild the staff and hire a Development Director to focus on growing revenue streams and awareness of our work in the community. He is one of our biggest champions, who not only supports us with significant personal financial contributions, but also leverages his connections and notoriety to grow awareness of and support for our work to rebuild lives. He also takes every opportunity to interact with our pre-apprenticeship trainees and graduates, to whom he is a role model. 

Executive Director Organization Award – Hoffman Construction 

  • Hoffman has played an integral role in our history since the program was a part of Irvington Covenant. Hoffman was critical in the development of our curriculum and taught the hands-on training portion of the program for the first years, before we were able to hire instructors. They have also provided critical financial support in both monetary and in-kind contributions. Several executives from Hoffman leadership have gone on to become Board Chairs. We would like to thank Hoffman Construction for its continued support of the program from top to bottom.