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 that Constructing Hope was the “glue that held me together.” Willie is now a carpenter's apprentice at Northwest Scaffolding, with just one more term left until [...]
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 diversifying our workforce. As we work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion, however, something is missing. We’ve neglected inclusion, which is the cornerstone for building [...]
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 fill as people reassess whether they want to risk COVID-19 to work two or three jobs without health benefits to pay [...]
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... Read More
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 heard about the program. He had been incarcerated and struggling with drug addiction. After he was released, he entered treatment and began [...]
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