June 2022 Stories Of Hope- Xavier Clark & Julie Smith


“Leveling The Playing Field”

Xavier Clark

Constructing Hope graduate Xavier Clark (Fall 2021) shares his story and the challenges he overcame to enter into the construction industry as a laborer.

Julie Smith

Julie Smith (Spring 2016), a graduate of Constructing Hope’s […]

2022-06-22T18:01:35-07:00June 22nd, 2022|Stories of Hope|

Story of Hope – Matthew Jacobsen, Summer 2021 Graduate


“Taking The Elevator To The Top Floor”

Spring of 2021 Constructing Hope graduate Matthew Jacobsen is an example of how preparation and dedication can lead to opportunity in a short period of time.

Matthew, a former 2-time state champion wrestler, got mixed in with the wrong crowds shortly after […]

2022-06-16T10:29:28-07:00April 4th, 2022|Stories of Hope|

Story of Hope – Cicely Dale, Spring 2019 Graduate


Pulling Herself Up By The Bootstraps

“I was just tired of only getting temporary gigs, I wanted career stability.”

Spring of 2019 graduate Cicely Dale worked for years within the trades in various roles prior to joining (enrolling? I like enrolling) in Constructing Hope’s Pre-Apprenticeship Program, but capped out […]

2022-03-02T11:16:18-08:00March 2nd, 2022|Stories of Hope|

Story of Hope – Kavon Bailey-Hall, February 2022

“Straight To The League”

Kavon Bailey-Hall’s story is about preparation, perseverance and opportunity. Kavon joined the pre-apprenticeship program while still in high school, after trying different sports and programs left him wanting more for his career prospects. He knew college wasn’t for him, but […]

2022-01-27T14:22:34-08:00January 27th, 2022|Stories of Hope|

Story of Hope – Michael Richmond, Winter 2016 Graduate

For Michael, Constructing Hope was transformative. Before he heard about the program at a job fair, he was unemployed and on probation. Despite having no construction experience whatsoever, he decided to give the program a try. Michael had to work a part time job to support his family […]

2021-11-30T12:26:59-08:00November 30th, 2021|Stories of Hope|

Story of Hope: Gary Brown, Fall 2019 Graduate

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 […]

2021-08-27T12:41:29-07:00August 27th, 2021|Stories of Hope|

Scott Spector – Constructing Hope Graduate Winter 2015 


Prior to Constructing Hope

Scott was a high school dropout who enrolled in college to get his diploma, while also earning college credit. He had a goal of becoming a Marine Biologist, and his credits were focused towards getting his Associates Degree in Science, […]

2021-01-08T20:08:06-08:00January 8th, 2021|Stories of Hope|

Matthew Sims – Winter 2019 Constructing Hope Graduate

I have been working in the trades since graduating from Constructing Hope in March, 2019. Upon graduation, I immediately took a temporary job working with Brand Safeway at their Vancouver shop. I got this position through Lisa with True Blue, who gave a presentation at Constructing Hope. […]

2020-08-14T17:25:42-07:00August 14th, 2020|CH News, Stories of Hope|
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