Urban Homeworks Jobs

By Chris Flippo, Director of Mission Marketing at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota

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On Oct. 21, 2014, I attended an open house for a new home in Frogtown on a previously abandoned lot purchased from the City of St. Paul by Urban Homeworks, Inc., and built by men and women from Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota’s construction training course. More than $200,000 to train St. Paul residents in the construction field was provided by the City of Saint Paul’s Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) Department. Here’s a video of the event with a tour of the home provided courtesy of the City of Saint Paul’s Office of Technology and Communications.

As I drove up to the home, painted a warm gray with white trim, I was overwhelmed with pride. My organization, the one I work for, contributed to a project that provides an economic lift to the neighborhood and the people who live and work there.

“If home ownership and jobs with livable wages are key to stabilizing neighborhoods,” explained Tim Flynn, former Deputy Director of Human Rights for the City of St. Paul, “I wondered what would happen if the City, Goodwill-Easter Seals and Urban Homeworks combined resources?”

Flynn has since left the City of St. Paul to accept the Assistant Commissioner position at the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, but saw the announcement in the newspaper about the house and was excited to attend.

Solutions to large, urban problems often begin with just that – a thought. To bring the thought to fruition required coordinating many people and resources from organizations with vastly different missions. But then again, really good nonprofits and leaders get things done via effective partnerships. Since starting with Goodwill-Easter Seals 10 years ago, I have witnessed many innovative, creative partnerships that literally opened doors for people previously under-employed or unemployed, in prison or unable to find work due to lack of education, a language barrier or a disability.

“This partnership is a triple win for Saint Paul residents,” said Sheila Olson in her remarks at the open house.

First, students, some of whom live in Frogtown, received construction training, valuable on-the-job experience and 36 continuing education units (CEUs) from St. Paul College. Additionally, while working on the house they were paid a training wage! In all, around 56 students in eight different classes worked on the house since the groundbreaking.

One of the objectives of Goodwill-Easter Seals construction training program is to train women in the field for two reasons. Construction is a skilled job that garners higher wages than some traditional female-dominated jobs. It also helps solve an expected workforce gap in the industry as the Baby Boomer generation retires.

“We exceeded the goal on this project; 11.6% of the students working on the house were women,” said Director of Goodwill-Easter Seals Employment Training & Education, Becky Brink Ray.

Treasure Brewster, a graduate of Goodwill-Easter Seals Construction course, proudly stated that she lives in the neighborhood and “drives by this house I helped build every day.” Treasure is now working as a full-time painter with a local company.

Second, it’s a win because the house is listed for $162,000. That’s affordable, high-quality housing that can bring up the value of the other homes in the neighborhood over time.

“This is only the first of four houses in St. Paul that our students will be building in this collaborative project with Urban Homeworks, Inc. and the City of St. Paul,” commented the Chief Services and Programs Officer, Sheila Olson.

Finally, the Frogtown house is a win for the community because the process of building it, selling it and having a family own it creates pathways out of poverty for real people who want to reach their dreams.

“This partnership builds upon our commitment to breaking down barriers to homeownership and employment – and, in doing so, further promotes equity in Saint Paul,” said Mayor Chris Coleman in regards to the value to the people living in the neighborhood.

Another graduate of Goodwill-Easter Seals Construction training course, Evan, stated, “because of my background, I needed the skill and tools to move on. I now do commercial roofing. My OSHA training with Goodwill-Easter Seals got my my apprenticeship and job.”

The CEO and President of Urban Homeworks Chad Schwitters eloquently summed it all up: “What’s awesome about this project is that it … equipped and trained people to changed the trajectory of their lives.”

Число возможных комбинаций приблизилось к 10 в 120-й степени - то есть к единице со 120 нулями. Определить ключ стало столь же математически нереально, как найти нужную песчинку на пляже длиной в три мили. Было подсчитано, что для успешной атаки на стандартный ключ самому быстрому компьютеру АНБ - секретнейшему «Крей-Джозефсону II» - потребуется более девятнадцати лет.

К тому времени когда компьютер разгадает пароль и взломает шифр, информация, содержащаяся в послании, утратит всякую ценность.

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