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Constructing Hope Pre- Apprenticeship Program

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Crime & Law, Education, Inmate Support, Job Training

Mission: Constructing Hope's mission is to rebuild the lives of people in our community by encouraging self-sufficiency through skills training and education in the construction industry. We provide no-cost, ten-week construction training programs, placement services, and career advancement support. We serve people of color, people coming from incarceration, and low-income adults. A youth summer camp provides skills, motivation, and construction career pathways.

Results: Constructing Hope has impacted the lives of more than 1,290 families since 1995.

Target demographics: The formerly incarcerated, people of color, unemployed and underemployed and low income individuals to re-enter the workforce and attain middle-class wages

Geographic areas served: the greater Portland area

Programs: Adult Construction Training - No-cost, 10-week, construction skills and life skills pre-apprenticeship construction training program for disadvantaged men and women. Career Advancement Support - Career Placement in Construction apprenticeships, pathway jobs that lead to apprenticeships, and other employment. Through construction apprenticeships our graduates secure good paying jobs in careers that can be mastered without a college degree. We also provide three years of career placement, mentorship and supportive services. Youth Summer Program - Five-week program for skills, motivation and career awareness to enter a career path in the construction trades.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Gerry J.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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CHChurch Gerry, we are so proud of your hard work, grit and perseverance and love to see Gerryn Energy thriving!

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Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

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CHChurch 10/06/2020

Thank you for your feedback, and your leadership!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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CHChurch 10/06/2020

We are so fortunate to have such dedicated Board Leaders like you by our side. Together we are truly changing lives!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Constructing Hope is a compassionate and meaningful organization that connects the most vulnerable populations to immediate training and access to workforce development.

1 Chester K.1

Client Served

Rating: 3

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

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CHChurch 09/23/2020

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 bobbyh@constructinghope.org.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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CHChurch 09/14/2020

Graduates like you are why we do what we do. Thank you for sharing your experience.

1 Danny D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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CHChurch 09/14/2020

We are proud to be a part of your story.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

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CHChurch 09/14/2020

We are so grateful that your family is a part of the Constructing Hope family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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CHChurch 09/14/2020

We are proud to be a part of your success story Christopher!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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CHChurch 09/14/2020

We are so proud of your achievements Kyle!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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CHChurch 09/08/2020

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

Dave

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CHChurch 08/27/2020

Thank you for being our #1 second chance champion! We are so grateful to have you by our side, as we change lives together.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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CHChurch 08/27/2020

We are proud to work alongside Andersen Construction, putting people to work in the construction industry!

1 Adam B.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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CHChurch 08/27/2020

Thank you for your long-standing support of Constructing Hope. Leaders like you make the work we do possible.