Ever since he was six years old, Brian has wanted to be a master carpentry like his uncle Ronnie, but passing the apprenticeship exam was his main obstacle. After failing the exam the second time in 2016, Brian went to WRTP/BIG STEP for help with basic math and algebra. While working through the BIG STEP Apprenticeship Readiness Tutoring program, Central City Churches Outreach Ministry introduced Brian to the Church Construction Coalition’s initiative to recruit Milwaukee residents for major construction projects, such as the Bucks arena.
“I was already in BIG STEP, so it was like a big plus for me,” he said.He soon interviewed with Hetzel Sanfilippo and was hired in April. Since then, he’s passed his exam and started his carpentry apprenticeship. His first job was on the Bucks training facility, and he now works at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin project. He loves how much he gets to learn in his apprenticeship, and he looks forward to applying those skills and experience to start his own business upon becoming a journeyman carpenter.
Deborah walked into Central City Churches over 12 years ago to receive emergency food. She received help and was ready to immediately give back to the community by volunteering in the pantry. In 2015, Deborah was given the opportunity to become a part-time Senior Employment Regional Trainee. This program supports people who need to get into the workforce by connecting them with up to 28 hours of work per week for minimum wage. Deborah stated, “Since I have been at Central City Churches, I have gained more confidence and experience. First, I needed help with food. Then I decided to volunteer. I have learned to work with a great team of people and I love to be around them. My goals are to keep on growing and become the best Deborah I can be.”