Anti-crime program offers offenders home improvement training, jobs

Bill Grady
May 31, 2018 - 6:07 am

Members of the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime in Kansas City say one way to clean up the streets is to offer young people jobs. 

A new program is primarily designed at people with prison records, but other people can participate. Enrollees go through 14 weeks of classes to learn home renovation skills, with employers standing by with jobs upon graduation.

The company currently involved in the program is in the flooring business, said Damon Daniel, Ad Hoc president.

"A lot of folks are always looking to redo their kitchens or bathrooms," Daniel said. "What other trade out there is going to be consistent, that's year-round, than flooring?"

Daniels says former offenders who take part in Join Others Building Community training are required to remain drug-free, attend classes and adhere to all guidelines associated with their parole.

Four class cycles are set for this year.

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