Archives for March 2012

Life Construction Program

HPCAV is fortunate to be associated with a dedicated volunteer, Ed Kimsey.  Ed created the Life Construction Program, based on his 25 plus years of experience as a residential builder, and has partnered with the clients of HPCAV to make it a reality.

Per Ed, “The construction industry is full of people who struggle with the basics of life:  money management; addictions; lack of driver’s licenses; family problems; homelessness; the list goes on and on.  I began to visualize a program which would enable participants to learn a skill that would allow them the opportunity to better themselves at the ‘process of living.’  These are things that most people take for granted. I compare the concept to building a house “as with a life, one must begin building with a strong foundation.”

How did it all come together?  First, Ed had a great idea.  Then, a local bank offered a building lot opportunity.  Shortly after that, Ed guided some HPCAV clients in building a shed for the Southside Community Garden and saw both talent and a desire to work!  He realized he had potential construction workers for the house.  An interested individual agreed to lease with an option to purchase.  A loan was approved; the lot was purchased and construction of a home began in January, 2012.

The house is well underway as is the personal development of our workers!  Ed has noticed that the guys he is working with are taking pride – in their newly learned skills, in the home they are building and in themselves as contributing members of our community.

More opportunities are needed!  Lots are available for building, but we need buyers or donations to purchase the lots.
If you are interested in supporting this effort in some way, please contact Jim Summey at 336-870-1114.

A Week Later

One week after our first Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative “call in” or notification meeting and NONE of the twelve participants has re-offended!   Four have called the office and will be helped by Jim, moving on to more intensive counseling if they ask for it.

Also in the past week, four individuals whose prior offenses were so severe they were not given an opportunity to “hear the message” have been prosecuted.  Their sentences ranged from 14 months to 44 months.  This may not sound like much, but these sentences are two to four times LONGER than they would have been in the past.  Why?  Because our prosecutors and judges are very supportive of this effort and they are staying on top of it.