“If I could impact two women who instead of working two minimum wage jobs and never getting to see their kids play soccer or to the school play, I would feel that was successful,” Campbell said. “You cannot survive in McLean County on a minimum wage job.”
Campbell added the program has a memorandum of understanding with the Carpenters union in Bloomington and is seeking similar agreements with other labor unions to give their clients direct access to their apprenticeships after they complete their coursework.
The building was renovated and supplied entirely by donations. Those donations are also paying for an instructor, Sara Keane, who works as a program coordinator at Ecology Action Center in Normal, and case manager Gaynette Hoskins who will assist students with day care, resume preparation, and other ne.
Campbell said the program is still seeking volunteer and financial assistance, but she never doubted the support this project would receive to get it off the ground after taking over a building that had been vacant for years. She said it could have easily been condemned before the work began last fall.
“I believe that if you have a good cause that helps people that there’s an awful lot of people in this amazing community of ours who come forward and help,” Campbell said. “Did I know it would be today? No, but I knew that by the end of this year, we would be ready to get started.”
More information is available on the group’s Facebook page.
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