Sacramento, California – The California Associate Builders and Contractors (ABC of California) today renewed its commitment to Second Chance Month in April – pledging to uplift those who are committed to joining society and making meaningful contributions. In March 2021, the White House proclaimed April “Second Chance Month”, citing that those incarcerated after serving their sentence should be given the opportunity to fully reintegrate into society and that the criminal justice system American must offer meaningful opportunities for redemption and rehabilitation.
“Second Chance Month highlights the value that reinstated citizens bring to California’s construction workforce,” said John Hamo, Chairman of the Board of ABC of California. “These people have paid their debt to society and should be given the opportunity to achieve their new career dreams. We have inspiring stories across the Golden State where ABC of California members work with people looking for a second chance to build a bright future. California has significant infrastructure needs and a skilled construction workforce now and in the future, and reintegrating citizens can help us build back better and stronger than ever. .
An example of this effort can be seen in partnerships such as the one between builders of hope and Sunwest Electric, Inc. Hope Builders is an Orange County program that prepares disadvantaged young adults for paid careers by providing mentorship, life skills, and job training. Sunwest Electric, Inc. is an established leader in the construction industry with 37 years of experience and a member of Associated Builders and Contractors of Southern California (ABC SoCal) providing employment opportunities for those seeking a second luck. Through this partnership, Hope Builders and Sunwest Electric have trained and employed countless reintegrated citizens for successful careers.
Like the model established between Hope Builders and Sunwest Electric, ABC of California has member companies across the state that help reintegrated citizens reconnect to the workforce and build a future that lasts. Hamo added, “It’s a successful program and here’s how it works: Member entrepreneurs accept student pairings, for some entrepreneurs it’s 10+ students at a time, in ABC training programs across multiple disciplines. It’s a win-win scenario, as these students are driven, motivated, and changing their lives for the better.
A similar partnership can be found between Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern California (ABC NorCal) and the Salvation Army of Alameda County. Together, ABC NorCal and The Salvation Army are sponsoring a program that provides a new set of transformational skills to people in need of personal reformation after encountering recovery programs or homelessness. While some participants in this program change careers, others change lifestyles after being drug addicted, homeless, or cycled through the legal system.
Throughout the Golden State, ABC of California is building a safe, skilled, and productive workforce using innovative and flexible learning models and apprenticeships. In fact, ABC of California member companies contribute millions of dollars each year to workforce training programs that connect students, women, people from underserved communities, reintegrated citizens and veterans with rewarding, quality careers in construction. To learn more about this partnership or ABC of California, visit the organization’s website found here.
Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 representing over 21,000 members. Founded on the Workshop of Merit philosophy, ABC and its 69 Chapters help members develop people, earn work, and deliver that work safely, ethically, and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at abc.org.