In November of 2016, CAP launched CAPital Construction, a workforce development construction initiative focused on renovating distressed homes in high-poverty neighborhoods in Lancaster City. CAPital hires workers with barriers to employment, such as a criminal background, and provides them with on-the-job training while paying a living wage and offering full benefits including vacation time.
Through strategic partnerships with the Lancaster Housing Opportunities Partnership, the Lancaster City and County Redevelopment authorities, and the Borough of Columbia, CAPital is working to turn blighted properties into safe and affordable housing. The inaugural crew has already renovated several blighted properties that have become affordable, quality houses, and has several more houses in the pipeline, and the program has expanded to include a crew focusing on lead abatement and a crew dedicated to Columbia Borough.
CAPital seeks to bring the excluded into the workforce, and, by offering them the opportunity to improve ailing housing stock with their own hands, put them on a path to self-sufficiency.
CAPital creates a pipeline to living wage employment in the building trades with the following steps:
- Identify and employ hard-to-hire individuals who appreciate CAP’s core values (respect, compassion, diversity, excellence, integrity, collaboration, innovation, hope)
- Train and certify them in construction and repair basics on the job
- Use them in diverse, low-income neighborhoods to rehabilitate blighted properties
- Leverage community relationships and internal resources to surround employees with supports and services
- Reinvest all profits into employee wages, benefits, and program capacity
- Connect employees to thriving-wage employment with industry partners
CAPital Construction is the only social enterprise of its kind in Lancaster County. Many organizations provide on-the-job training and workforce development, and many organizations rehabilitate and repair homes. CAPital is the only program that combines these and supports its employees – workers with barriers to employment – with the wraparound services from CAP’s internal resources and community relationships. CAPital received national recognition in July of 2017 when it was awarded first place in the small cities category of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Community WINS award competition.
The experience will be customized to each individual to support and coach them in assessing their own needs (could be soft skills, life barriers, etc.), setting career goals, and increasing their connections and networks while also earning $10 an hour.
The on average 3 week, 30 hours a week experience will include:
- Meetings with navigation and a recruiter
- Job shadowing on construction sites
- Intentional goal building and accountability checks
- Connection to other support services and community resources
Reunion Food Truck
FEEDING INDIVIDUALS. FEEDING COMMUNITY.
The first-of-its-kind social enterprise in Lancaster, the Reunion food truck serves soul food delicacies including pork BBQ, fried catfish, mac and cheese, collard greens, and the county’s best fried chicken.
The recipe for success is in the truck’s social mission: a portion of Reunion’s proceeds are directed to the Crispus Attucks Community Center’s feeding program, giving way to the motto “Buy One, Feed One.”
For more information or to schedule Reunion for your next event, please visit www.EatReunion.com.