2006-10-06 / Community

Housing Partnership Apprentice Graduation

Left to right: Joe Barden, Executive Director Margert Community Corporation; New York State Assemblywoman Michele Titus; Elaine Iandoli, Director of Marketing and Development; and Dan Martin, President and CEO of Housing Partnership. Left to right: Joe Barden, Executive Director Margert Community Corporation; New York State Assemblywoman Michele Titus; Elaine Iandoli, Director of Marketing and Development; and Dan Martin, President and CEO of Housing Partnership. The Housing Partnership's public home maintenance training and repair program, in collaboration with the Margert Community Corporation, a local non-profit housing agency, held a ceremony for the graduates of the apprenticeship program on Friday, September 29.

The program, funded principally by donations from Benjamin Beechwood LLC, the Briarwood Organization, which constructed the site with trainees recruited through the Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, and HIP Health Plan of New York, set up a workshop "set" built within the St. Gertrude's school gymnasium in Far Rockaway to train apprentices in home repair, including electrical wire installation, flooring and kitchens. The classes were taught by Walter Mullins, a professional home repair expert. The program was designed to teach apprentices home repair and maintenance skills they can do on their own to avoid expensive contractors or repairmen.

Pictured: Omari Bordeaux explains safety practices around a chop saw at the apprentice graduation. The graduates of the Housing Partnership's Home Maintenance Training Program, beginning October 4, will teach homeowners how to repair and maintain their investments in an eight week, two-hour course. Pictured: Omari Bordeaux explains safety practices around a chop saw at the apprentice graduation. The graduates of the Housing Partnership's Home Maintenance Training Program, beginning October 4, will teach homeowners how to repair and maintain their investments in an eight week, two-hour course. Martin and Walter Mullins, Home Repair Consultant, look on as Theresa Covington assists Bordeaux cut molding for a doorway. Martin and Walter Mullins, Home Repair Consultant, look on as Theresa Covington assists Bordeaux cut molding for a doorway.

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