Yearly Archives: 2020


Construction coalition plans campaign to end on-the-job harassment of women, minorities

By Don McIntosh

Culture change is coming. At least, that’s the goal of a broad construction industry coalition that’s begun to meet monthly to talk about ending racial and sexual harassment on Portland-area construction job sites.

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2020-12-21T23:01:52-08:00December 21st, 2020|CH News|

Safe from Hate Jobsite Culture Pledge

The Safe from Hate Jobsite Culture Pledge calls on all industry stakeholders in the construction industry to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion by clearly addressing jobsite culture.

Because prevalent racism and sexism continue to create hostile work environments, impact retention of a skilled workforce, and disproportionately harm […]

2020-12-09T21:12:59-08:00December 9th, 2020|CH News, Employment, Media|

In Memoriam of Antonio Sage Rodriguez

In Memoriam – Antonio Sage Rodriguez
February 26, 1992 – November 12, 2020

Family Member of the Constructing Hope Fall 2020 Pre-Apprenticeship Training Class

Antonio Sage Rodriguez was a committed and active participant in our current pre-apprenticeship training class. He was determined and driven to make a positive change in his life for […]

2020-11-20T17:57:22-08:00November 20th, 2020|Stories of Hope|

Tiane Kalamafoni – Constructing Hope Graduate Winter 2020

Life Prior to Constructing Hope

TK always knew he was interested in construction. As a child in Tonga, his grandpa was a carpenter. He would work side by side with him, handing him hammers and nails. On school breaks, he also worked with his uncles in the […]

2020-11-01T23:48:06-08:00November 1st, 2020|Stories of Hope|

Despite progress, ingrained racism still runs deep in construction

While incidents of nooses and hateful graffiti on jobsites have made headlines in 2020, racism in the industry often manifests itself in more subtle, systemic ways.

Greg Page, the president of Waldorf, Maryland-based Page Building Group, has a proven business strategy when it comes to applying for financing: Send in […]

2020-10-21T16:59:00-07:00October 21st, 2020|CH News|

Juan Mojica – Constructing Hope Graduate Winter 2015

Prior to enrolling in Constructing Hope, Juan was in and out of warehouse jobs, making a few dollars more than minimum wage. As a single father, it was a challenge to make ends meet at that wage. A DUI, which led to a suspended license, added […]

2020-10-08T02:09:45-07:00October 8th, 2020|Stories of Hope|

Constructing Hope by removing industry employment barriers

These are challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic has required all of us to adjust our lives and calibrate a new normal. Meanwhile, the pandemic has exacerbated social inequities that inspired recent social unrest, which Portland has helped keep in the spotlight. And wildfires rage across America’s western states, destroying […]

2020-09-22T16:13:22-07:00September 21st, 2020|CH News|

Anthony Williams – Constructing Hope Graduate Winter 2020

As a single father of two, I was looking for an opportunity to find a career that would support my family. Prior to enrolling in Constructing Hope, I was working hard, but wasn’t making a living wage.  I started out at $13.50/hour, and after 3 years with the […]

2020-09-01T17:49:09-07:00September 1st, 2020|CH News, Stories of Hope|
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