Rebuilding Neighborhoods | In the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of the Twin Cities, Urban Homeworks focuses the combined resources of individuals, churches, businesses, government entities and other nonprofits to transform foreclosed, condemned or boarded properties into dignified, quality places to live.
Each year, we watch our trainees graduate with a statistical average showing they’ll earn $6 more per hour with the certificate and diploma under their belts. However, opportunities to take the next steps fine tuning specialized construction skills aren’t as steadily available or accessible for young African-American men in our neighborhoods.
UC2 (Urban Construction Company) was birthed as a response to this need for meaningful employment, more specialized training and quality housing rehabs. After undergoing a three-year incubation period (where start-up funding is provided), UC2 will continue to hire former UHW trainees and other skilled laborers and transition into a revenue-generating training company.
Our construction sites have become a playground for sharpening skills and generating revenue that will circulate (and even flow into) our neighborhoods! Because of you, we hired four of graduates from the trainee program and are excited to watch them take their skills to the next level and pave new paths for their future while creating stability for their neighbors.
Become a member of The Front Porch to stay tuned and read the stories as they unfold. You’ve made it possible for these graduates to move from their positions at McDonald’s and Dollar General to UC2 where they’re doing and growing in what they love…