WORKFORCE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Blackwood created a WORKFORCE Redevelopment program in 2015. Blackwood recognized the need for more skilled workers in the construction trade and was experiencing difficulty in locating individuals who had the desire and/or skills to go into construction. Blackwood reached out to HOPE VILLAGE Halfway house to identify any re-entering citizens who were interested in restarting their career in construction.
Through a lengthy interview process, Blackwood has been able to identify individuals who were motivated to train and get back into the workforce. In addition, Blackwood partnered with a local Pastor who was affiliated with ERCPCP (East of the River Clergy Police Community partnership) to provide life counseling sessions on a weekly basis and to assist these individuals in positive transformation. Blackwood is proud to say several individuals have been employed since the beginning and have made huge strides in rebuilding their lives. One of our returning Citizens has been promoted to Team Labor Supervisor. We look forward to future success with our program.
Blackwood of DC is proud of its DC community outreach partnership with The East of The River Clergy Police Community Partnership, Inc. Blackwood’s involvement with ERCPCP includes mentorship and group coaching-addressing pragmatic approaches to a more successful assimilation back into the community.
Blackwood of DC has partnered with MCN Build to participate in the construction of two vital construction projects to aid in the need for short term housing for city residents in Ward 8 and Ward 7. Both project are expected to be completed for delivery in 2018. Blackwood is proud to be a partner in providing short term housing needs for the district of Columbia.