During his time at Constructing Hope, Willie faced numerous challenges. He had recently been released from prison and had a newborn son. He even had to bring his son to class with him, inspiring Constructing Hope to start making childcare available for all students. Unfortunately, Willie also lost his mother while going through the program, and he said […]
Constructing Hope Board Chair Mel Jones (left) and the organization’s Executive Director Pat Daniels on a job site. NAIM HASAN PHOTOGRAPHY
It’s an amazing time to work in the construction industry. People and services are in high demand. We can earn good money, and we’re […]
Job fair at Clackamas mall aims to introduce new workers to decent-paying construction jobs. While Oregon’s unemployment rate has dropped from the pandemic peak of 18% to 5.2% in July 2021, the job market is mixed.
Low-skilled, high-stress jobs such as food service and moving packages are proving hard to […]
Benefitting Constructing Hope You know him best as simply Dave, the baker and brand-visionary behind Dave’s Killer Bread. But Dave Dahl has had many identities in his life: inmate, art dealer, philanthropist, addict, entrepreneur, and criminal. He grew up in a strict Seventh-Day Adventist community…
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Gary is now an ironworker at Precision Pre-Cast, working to raise panels for buildings. He graduated from Constructing Hope in fall of 2019 as a Tier 1 graduate, and he’s been working full time ever since. However, Gary faced numerous challenges before he […]
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Before Hope joined Constructing Hope, she had no construction experience whatsoever. She was a recovering addict with a criminal record doing janitorial work to pay the bills. Hope eventually heard about Constructing Hope from a neighbor and took it as a sign that she should join the program the […]
Charles was just 17 when he was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. When he was released after 31 years, his felony record and lack of experience were both obstacles as he tried to find work. As […]
Second chance employment provides a win for the formerly incarcerated person who gets to experience the dignity of work; the community wins by reducing recidivism and crime; and employers win by gaining access to valuable talent.
Prior to Constructing Hope, Edward didn’t really have a plan for the future. He wasn’t always obeying the law and found himself in quite a bit of trouble. After being released from incarceration and with a felony […]