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Impacting Lives Takes Partnerships - February 2020
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Program Participants Get Morning Welcome from Habitat Staff 
Fresh Start Through New Apprenticeship Program!
 
We’re excited to share the details on an exciting new win-win partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Fresno’s Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC) Valley Apprenticeship Connection!
 
Here’s how it works: the EOC prepares willing students for careers in the construction industry and Habitat provides them with valuable, on-the-job training at our various project sites so they’re better prepared to find well-paying jobs upon completion of the program. 
 
“Students work at an actual job site and exercise their skills,” Marina Harutyunyan, Habitat’s Revitalization Manager, explained. “And, as an extra bonus,” she adds, “students have one-on-one time with homeowners and work alongside other volunteers, both of which add to their social skills.”
 
The EOC program is 12-weeks long. Students work at a Habitat job site twice a week and help with everything from painting to landscaping while cultivating valuable soft-skills.
 
The program is available to people who have had a rough start entering the workforce. As Amalia Martinez with the Fresno EOC explains, “Those who have been unemployed for a time or have had some barriers come to us because we understand their past and give them an opportunity to find employment.”
 
One of the graduates, Shawndell Beldsaw, explained, “I’m a two-time felon—the program seemed too good to be true,” he remembers. But he returned daily and, as he said, “took it serious” and it turned his life around! Shawndell landed a job before the course was over and has worked various construction jobs ever since.
  
Welcome, Fresno EOC Valley Apprenticeship Connection, to our Habitat family and to helping Habitat “build homes, communities and hope” for greater Fresno area residents.

Take a moment to watch the ABC30 news segment to learn more about this amazing partnership. 
Marisa Moore, Market Manager from Bank of America Being Interviewed by ABC30 regarding Partnership with Habitat, and their Team Build Day.

Bank of America Raises Walls and Funding for Habitat!
 
Habitat's Partner Family Jose and Elizabeth Camacho were joined by 15 Bank of America volunteers to help frame and “raise the walls” of their new Habitat home in Southwest Fresno. 
    
The occasion marked the second of ultimately four Habitat “wall raising” events for families at the corner of Amador and B Street. It’s quite a transformation for the corner where an unsightly burned-out gas station once stood.
 
And, it will be quite a transformation for the four Habitat families who will soon call this neighborhood their home. The Camachos, who work full-time while raising four small children, will experience a much-needed change. No longer will they be cramped in a small, substandard, two-bedroom rental home where necessary maintenance and repair requests have been ignored for years.
    
Not only did Bank of America volunteer nearly 80 hours on the Camacho home on a Saturday morning, they also donated $20,000 to help offset the cost of building it.
 
“Thanks to generous partners like Bank of America, Habitat is able to partner with families like the Camachos to build their home and to allow them to realize the American dream,” said Matthew Grundy, Habitat CEO.
    
According to Marisa Moore, Market Manager for Bank of America, “We’ve not only been able to help financially, but we had the amazing opportunity to work alongside the family and build their forever home. It is something our team will cherish forever.”
 
Please take a moment to hear more about this story, here. Thank you, Bank of America, for all of your support.

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