My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Constructing Hope Pre- Apprenticeship Program, Portland, OR, USA
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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