Connecting Veterans with Places Back Home
(King County, WA) - King County-based veterans have just claimed the four coveted positions with Vets Restore, a new initiative that offers training, mentoring, and job placement guidance for local veterans in the building preservation trades.
â€œPreservation carpentry is not simply a job, itâ€™s a trade and a career,â€ said King County Executive Dow Constantine. â€œFurnished with the tools of the trade, these returning local vets will learn the craft of restoring our regional stock of wooden buildings â€“ anchoring them back home in the stories of our historic places.â€
Vets Restore is a collaboration of 4Culture, Historic Seattle, the King County Veteransâ€™ Program, and Seattle Central Community College. The program goals include:
- Helping returning veterans transition to civilian life with work that is meaningful and valued in the community
- Connecting local veterans to jobs in the growing field of building rehabilitation
- Conserving resources by bringing new life to vintage houses, commercial buildings, schools, depots, churches, and halls
This yearâ€™s Vets Restore participants enter the program with construction experience acquired during or prior to their military service. To boost their skills and employability, they are enrolled in an intensive 18-credit summer course in Residential Remodel and Preservation Carpentry at the state-of-the-art Seattle Central Community College Wood Technology Center.
In addition, participants have just begun a paid, five-week internship at Historic Seattleâ€™s on-going rehabilitation project at Washington Hall in Seattleâ€™s Central District. Washington Hall, a beloved historic venue where greats including Billie Holiday and Jimi Hendrix once performed, will serve as the ideal job-site for veterans to gain practical, hands-on experience restoring building elements such as original wood windows and doors.
Primary support for these opportunities comes directly from the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy, passed overwhelmingly by voters in 2011.
The Vets Restore initiative relies on critical contributions from project partners:
- 4Culture â€“ providing seed funding, recruiting construction industry mentors, and running a media campaign to reach returning vets.
- Historic Seattle - contributing hands-on job experiences at significant historic structures around Seattle.
- King County Veteransâ€™ Program - providing case management, tuition navigation support, carpentry tools and gear, transportation assistance, paid internships, and employment guidance.
- Seattle Central Community College - offering a Certificate of Completion for the new remodel and preservation course at its state-of-the-art Wood Technology Center, with an option to pursue a Certificate in Carpentry or a full AAS degree.
Depending upon outcomes and continuing interest, Vets Restore partners anticipate that the program will repeat and be opened to a larger pool of returning veterans in the coming academic year.
To interview veterans enrolled in the program this summer, please contact Flo Lentz at (206)296-8682 or email@example.com.
Additional details can be found at www.vetsrestore.org
or the program Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VetsRestore
About 4Cultureâ€™s Vets Restore Partners: