Constructing Hope and their knowledgeable and professional staff literally changed my life. When I began as a student in the program I was unemployed, near eviction, and at my wits end. I knew the program has the potential to do great things for my future so I committed to doing my best in the program even though I had immediate financial needs that were pressing on me daily. I was on parole and needed to find a feasible road to self sufficiency. While in the program one of the staff linked me with a gas station manager she knew. I was hired part-time at the gas station and worked a second job as a bartender while in the program. I entered the electrical trade upon completion of the program. Within 6 months of working in construction I was making more money than I had at both of my part time jobs combined. I had a full benefit package and the chance at a brand new life. Now 5yrs after entering my electrical apprenticeship I'm 6 mos. from becoming a licensed electrician, earning more money than I ever have, with a fully expunged record and I give credit to Constructing Hope for making this all possible. Their support didn't stop at my graduation. They have continued to support me during my whole career. They are a great organization that is truly changing the lives of their students!!
This non-profit organization changed my life in so many ways! They got me the certifications I needed to get into the field, taught me how to navigate through all the avenues within the construction industry, so I could find my trade and they have taught me so much about myself!! I would recommend this life changing experience to anyone who is a dedicated, hard-working and motivated individual! It's not easy and it takes a lot of time and energy, but in the end, it's so fulfilling and worth it! Thanks to them, I was in prison less than a year ago and last week I interviewed with ThyssenKrupp Elevators!! That's the impact that constructing Hope has on individuals lives! Enough said.
Matthew, we can't wait to see what is to come for you and are so proud you are part of the Constructing Hope family!
Constructing hope gave me a second chance at life.. the staff and my class are like a second family. I got support and encouragement throughout my experience with constructing hope from staff and students and I'm still being supported till this day.. wonderful learning environment, wonderful mentors and staff. I learned so much that I will remember forever. It's a once and a life changing experience. That I encourage anybody who is looking to get into a trade to experience. Take the challenge and push yourself to limits you never thought you would go and watch your life open up in away that will effect your whole family. My nephew is enrolling soon he saw my drive and decided he needed a change, and that is what it is all about!
We can't wait to see what your future holds, and we look forward to welcoming your nephew!
Constructing hope changed my life! I always wanted to be union but was intimated by it being a woman and had no clue where to start or what to do. Constructing hope taught me so many important skills and %100 believed in me! I am a single mom with a long criminal history and an addiction background, most would have thought I would have made it nowhere however constructing hope changed the course of my life. I now am union and am able to support my daughter and I and my next big goal is to buy a house and I wouldn't have made it this far without the help and support of constructing hope!
We're so proud of you Chelsea!
Constructing hope has been amazing to me and has definitely changed my life now and years to come. I would like to thank everybody involved sincerely angel delao
We're so proud that you are part of the Constructing Hope family Angel!
Constructing Hope set me up on a path of excellence. I not only got a great education from amazing instructors from the Construction industry, but also received hands on training at a local church. I can honestly say that without this program I would not be the proud owner and signing supervisor electrician of Gerryn Energy LLC.
Gerry, we are so proud of your hard work, grit and perseverance and love to see Gerryn Energy thriving!
Working to improve people's lives. Through hands on skill training, and classroom trying to prepare them for a carreer in the construction industry. Also, offering important life skill assistance and training.
Constructing Hope Pre- Apprenticeship Training Program is a beacon of Light and "HOPE!"
Targeting undeserved communities, People of Color and previously incarcerated men and women, marginalized people, Youth and unskilled Young Adults Construction Hope offers Skilled training in the Construction Industry that lead to a 'Living Wage ' Career that could otherwise be unattainable to them. Champions of embracing the belief and values of 'providing 'A Second Chance,' Constructing Hope provided Wrap-around Services and on-going support and alumni affiliation that are imperative to providing a person with an "Real" opportunity to succeed, advance and become a productive contributing member of society, capable of providing for their family.
I have personally witnessed the long hours, dedication and commitment of Patricia Daniels (Pat) to this work and organization for over a decade from her early beginnings as the receptionist for this organization while possessing a Master's Degree. When the organization fell on hard times Pat refused to let it die. She became the CEO, raised money, and cultivated an outstanding Board of Directors that are as committed to the vision, mission and values of this organization as she is. I met countless people whose lives were transformed by graduating from Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program and going on to become skilled Craftsmen and Women in the Construction Trades. One of them was my own Grandson! This program gives people Pride! Dignity! Skills! And HOPE!
A Great Organization To Support ! - D. Lindsay
Constructing Hope opens a door to the construction trades that might otherwise be closed. Graduates embark on a career , not just a job. The program is transformational and truly does construct hope.
Thank you for your feedback, and your leadership!
I have known Pat since she was support staff at Irvington Covenant. She assisted the director at that time with everything the program offered. I recall how motivated she was then to make sure students were being served properly. When that program went under, Pat didn't pause for even a minute. She took over the responsibility to continue serving the same population she serves today. That was over 10 years ago and she has never looked back. Pat started out with little to no funding but has developed the program into a sustainable model for serving the community. Pat's legacy is hundreds of underserved, fresh out of incarceration, recovering individuals who now have a new lease on life. She offers hands-on training, life skills education, and wrap-around services to prepare them for a career in the construction trades.
We are so fortunate to have such dedicated Board Leaders like you by our side. Together we are truly changing lives!
Constructing Hope is a compassionate and meaningful organization that connects the most vulnerable populations to immediate training and access to workforce development.
My initial impressions were worth five stars, although I'm viewing all of this from a distance down in Medford and I have not participated in the program. Active communication with interested veterans like myself has been a one-star experience, if that.
I've registered for your email community I've called and left voicemails and I've only had one contact with someone who's voicemail does not work and whose phone eventually was deemed unreachable or out of service.
I'm eager to understand what the plans are moving forward from the coronavirus crippling. I would imagine that you've continued to work but for some reason you seem to have discontinued communication.
I'm working a job provided to me rather easily by the veterans administration but I plan to be moving back to Portland from southern Oregon around the end of November. --Chet Knight
Thank you for this feedback. While the pandemic did force us to cancel our Spring and Summer 2020 trainings, we are currently preparing for our Fall 2020 class to begin in mid-October. We have also been providing support and mentorship services to our graduates during these challenging times. We are also currently undergoing a remodel of our training and office space. Exciting thing are in the works for our program, students and graduates! We apologize for the challenges getting in touch with us. We had some staffing changes, but our team is up and running and would love to connect with you. Feel free to reach out to Bobby at email@example.com.
Fresh out of high school I felt like my only option was to go to college or be working minimum wage the rest of my life. Having only barely graduated this was a bleak look for me, until my shop teacher gave me some resources to look into Constructing Hope. As soon as I read about trade schools and Constructing Hope’s mission I knew it was for me, while attending their pre-apprenticeship program I was so supported and encouraged to find a career that I’d love. They were there around the clock helping with not only information and studies but also food, jobs, tools, clothes, not to mention networking and giving us a real tasting platter of all the trades. Plus I’ve made connections there that will last me throughout my career, I am so thankful for everything they do.
Graduates like you are why we do what we do. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Five years ago, I was a heroin addict who was literally living on the streets and one day I decided to do something different. I checked myself into rehab and started doing the program of AA like my life depended on it. After a year clean, I found out about Constructing Hope, a place where people like me who had been in trouble with the law before, could go and change their lives and have a career if they were willing to put in the work. Ten weeks later, I stood on the stage, getting ready to graduate. I joined Local 1503, the Carpenters Union, the following Monday, and life has been an upward trajectory since then. I have helped build schools, bridges, subway stops, and parking garages so far and am now living in Las Vegas getting ready to do the MSG Sphere. Life is good. You see, as an addict in recovery, I knew that I could have a good life, but I didn't know how good it could be until I went through Constructing Hope. As I went through that program, I gained confidence, ability, and knowledge of the trades, but also I leaned about how I also have a larger responsibility to the communities in which I live, and how I can make those communities better by volunteering at various places. I learned that not through rhetoric, but by their example, and have since met other graduates of Constructing Hope out on the job site and they feel the same way. It is a marvelous thing to see the lives of others transformed by this amazing organization and I will forever be in debt to them.
We are proud to be a part of your story.
I graduated from Constructing Hope with no construction experience but after 7yrs of hard work I am a Journeyman Carpenter and on my last job with Turner Construction I was asked to be the Foreman of a 25+ man crew. I love my job and have only God, my beautiful wife and Constructing Hope to thank. Both my sons followed in my footsteps and they to are Journeyman Carpenters here in Portland. Pat Daniels and her amazing staff gave me confidence and believed in me when I didn't believe in myself! Thank you Constructing Hope!!!
We are so grateful that your family is a part of the Constructing Hope family!
Hi my names Christopher Cyrus Jr
I was tired of grabbing at straws, with jobs letting me know that after the probation period that they couldn't hire me because of my conviction. Many jobs i actually fit the bill, hands down and I've heard that if it was up to the HR they would hire me on the spot but its a corporate decision. Companies missed out on an phenomenal potential employee, but i didn't let that stop me i keep pushing myself to get a livable career someone would hire me i told myself. By chance i stumbled upon the deal of the century, Constructing Hope. To simplify matters i had nothing more to lose and everything to gain and after my pre apprenticeship i had a clear future a great career and a sustainable wage to take care of my family. Constructing Hope gave me that hope back to make the changes in my life that would change my world forever. They take care of you, in more ways than just helping you through the program, so if you are thinking about learning about construction, a felon with multiple barriers holding you back, or your just undecided with nothing better to do. Take this 100% free pre apprenticeship. I haven't heard of anything this great since they created the internet.
We are proud to be a part of your success story Christopher!
My name is Kyle barnes and I am a constructing hope graduate. Before joining the pre apprenticeship program I worked a dead end job with no room to grow or make more money. Constructing hope has layed the foundation for young youth and anyone to change there lives. I am now a 1503 union carpenter and make 27 an hour base pay plus an incredible benefits package on top. With room to advance and grow my skills, the sky really is the limit. I regret not joining constructing hope much sooner in life but its ok. My career is established and I owe constructing hope a great deal for giving me the opportunity.
We are so proud of your achievements Kyle!
The customer service is above and beyond outstanding. They care about participants and are committed to the success of everyone. There are not any programs that I know of that provide this level of support during and after a program. Reach out to them and I guarantee you will be impressed!
Thank you for your feedback. We truly believe in the life-changing power of our programs, and aim to provide support to all of our participants and graduates to help them land in a great career, making a living wage.
4-time convict, it was learning a trade that changed my mind and taught me lessons that I used when I created the Dave’s Killer Bread brand. When I discovered Constructing Hope, I knew that the organization is a game changer for folks seeking a second chance in life. I have since become a major supporter of theirs and I let people know about them every chance I get.
Thanks to Constructing Hope from the bottom of my heart!!
Thank you for being our #1 second chance champion! We are so grateful to have you by our side, as we change lives together.
Executive Director Pat Daniels is a passionate and thoughtful community leader whose commitment to changing lives by providing job training and opportunities to those most in need is inspiring! At Andersen Construction we believe in the programming of Constructing Hope as we know firsthand the benefits of a career in construction, and after seeing Pat speak we were moved to help further the mission of Constructing Hope. We have supported the program financially, and hope to grow our partnership to include giving volunteer hours and job-site tours. We can’t wait to be a part of the journey with Constructing Hope students!
We are proud to work alongside Andersen Construction, putting people to work in the construction industry!
I was involved with Constructing Hope back in 2007 helping them get their Oregon State Certification for their pre-apprenticeship program. With that certification came acceptance by most construction unions to accept their graduates straight into their apprenticeship program.
Since they started their construction curriculum program, they have helped over 1000 people change their lives and begin making a family wage in the construction trades. Pat Daniels and her staff inspire me and those around her to do more for the people and local community. Please join me in supporting their cause.
Thank you for your long-standing support of Constructing Hope. Leaders like you make the work we do possible.