July 2022

Construction Corner
Quarterly Newsletter
From the desk of Pat Daniels, Executive Director


Summer is in full force at Constructing Hope with both our Adult Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program and Summer Youth Program in session. It is a busy and hopeful time! 2022 marks Constructing Hope’s 15th anniversary as a state certified pre-apprenticeship training program. We are hosting two events this Fall to commemorate this milestone - a reunion event for graduates and their families and Celebration & Awards Happy Hour Fundraiser. Stay tuned for more details on both.


I'm also excited to share that we are expanding the career support services provided to trainees. We’ve recently added a Job Board, which gives graduates access to job listings they can apply for with the help of a Job Developer. Our goal is to ensure every graduate has the support they need to quickly enter into the workforce as prepared and safely as possible. 


We continue to adapt and transition as an organization. Our Workforce Training Center Expansion Project is complete, and we are fully moved back into our beautifully updated space. It's such an exciting time at Constructing Hope, and we are so grateful for the many partners and community members that are by our side in this important work. 

With gratitude,

Mentoring Event

July 21, 2022

5:30-7 p.m.

405 NE Church St, Portland, OR, 97211


Growing Your Career - What are my options now that I've journeyed? 

Join the in-person event and hear from:

  • Lauren Varney, Owner of Just So
  • Mel Jones, Constructing Hope Board Chair, Director of Inclusion at Hoffman Construction Company
  • Julie Smith, Spring 2016 Graduate, Journeywoman Laborer & Foreman for Walsh/RDF 
  • Charles Potter, Fall 2016 Graduate, Journeyman Carpenter

Growing your Career as a Female in the Trades Recap

Our June 2 virtual Mentoring Event was an opportunity to openly share and discuss the struggles of women in the trades and how to overcome them and stay motivated.

Presenters included Kate Day & Sara DeLuca of Dovetail Workwear, Darci Fredericks of California Closets and Constructing Hope graduates Brooke Jurries, Kasey Finegan and Isis Harris. Each shared their own experience. Topics discussed were struggles with health and personal family pressures, being part of the LGBTQ+ community and working in the trades and being a black female in the trades.

Constructing Hope in the News

July 7 - KGW Coverage of Constructing Hope

June 30 - Pat Daniels On Constructing Hope- Personnelity Podcast

June 29 - Constructing Hope is Honored to Be Selected for the 2022 Justice40 Accelerator Cohort

June 22 - “Changing The World” With Constructing Hope & Dave Dahl Podcast Interview

Leveling the Playing

Field Campaign Recap

Our 3rd Annual Leveling the Playing Field Campaign took place June 10 - 24, 2022.

The campaign highlights our work to provide low-income, recently returning community members and people of color the opportunity to play in the construction industry and raises critical funds that allow us to continue to Level the Playing Field. The more than $103,000 raised will provide training and support services for three years for EIGHT pre-apprenticeship trainees.

A huge thank you to everyone who participated. Our matching donors Dave Dahl, Glenn Dahl, LiUNA Local 737 and the Coshow Family Charitable Fund inspired generosity from our community. Our sponsors serve as the foundation of this important campaign. 

Thank you Hoffman Construction CompanyIBEW Local 48 California Closets, ORSI LECETWalsh Construction CompanyNorthwest Carpenter's UnionRaimore ConstructionColas ConstructionHammer & HandPence Contractors,Perlo Construction

It's not too late to participate -

a donation of any amount plays an important role in our work.


Now Accepting Applications for our Fall 2022

Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

Are you or someone you know interested in changing your life with a career in the trades paying a true living wage? It is time to apply for our Fall 2022 Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program!


  • Contact Will Echols at wille@constructinghope.org or 503-757-1718
  • Application Deadline: Sep. 12, 2022
  • Fall 2022 Pre-Apprenticeship Training runs from Sep. 19 - Nov. 30, 2022

Summer 2022 Adult Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program & Youth Program Updates

On June 28, 2022, we welcomed 15 students into our adult summer cohort. Over the past few weeks, our trainees have been busy learning about general construction knowledge, such as how to read a tape measure, soft skills, math and completed their safety certifications. Graduation will be held on Sept. 6.

On July 11, 2022, we welcomed 15 youth into our summer youth program. This program allows those ages 16-19 who are interested in the trades have hands on experience and get a taste of the construction world within a paid 5-week program. 

Celebrating 15 years of Constructing Hope!

15th Anniversary Reunion

On September 10 from 3-5p.m., we will host a gathering for graduates in honor of the 15 years of service Constructing Hope has provided. Everyone is welcome to come get food and celebrate at Native American Youth & Family Center - 5135 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97218. More details to follow!

15th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Happy Hour

On October 6, 2022, we will be celebrating the impact of our 15 years as a state-certified pre-apprenticeship training program. We'll honor a few of the partners who have played an important role in our history, as well as highlight a Constructing Hope graduate over happy hour at Irving Street Studios. We would love for you to join us in celebrating all that we've accomplished  and help us continue to provide support and services. 

To purchase tickets, see sponsorship opportunities or donate an auction item, click HERE.

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Upcoming Events
  • July 21 - Mentoring Event:Growing Your Career - "So What are my options after I journey out?"
  • July 27 - Board, Bags and Brews 2022 Cornhole Tournament Benefitting Constructing Hope
  • August 18 - Virtual Mentoring Event 
  • August 26 - JE Dunn Construction Making Links Golf Tournament
  • September 10 - 15th Reunion for Constructing Hope Graduates
  • October 6 - 15th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Happy Hour
  • September 19 - November 30, 2022: Fall 2022 Pre-Apprenticeship Training Class

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