Old flooring came up and wood-paneled walls came downthis month as the Clare-Gladwin Career Center’s Construction Trades students began remodeling the future site of the Hope Pregnancy Center in Harrison.
“The benefits of this project are abundant,” said Construction Trades Instructor Josh Myers. “We have on-site work that is ‘real life’ construction training that helps the community and fulfills a portion of our curriculum. We are very thankful for the opportunity.”
Construction Trades is one of nine Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offered to high school juniors and seniors through the Clare-Gladwin Career Center, a program of the Clare-Gladwin RESD. Over the next few months, the students will be performing interior finishing, including hanging drywall, painting, trim carpentry, and flooring. The students will also do some landscaping and exterior painting in the spring. All of the labor will be free of charge.
“This partnership is definitely a win-win situation,” said Hope Pregnancy Center Director Jon Hoerauf. “The kids are getting real-world experience, and there is no way Hope Pregnancy Center would be able to carry out a project this big without them.”
With less than a month of work completed,Hoerauf said he is “amazed” at how quickly the students are working. “They are polite…and great representatives of their schools,” he said. “Many lives will be blessed because of the work of these students.”
The Hope Pregnancy Center offers caring and compassionate support and education to those experiencing unplanned pregnancies. All services are free and confidential.
Scheduled to open in the late spring, the new Hope Pregnancy Center office is located at 498 N. Clare Ave. in Harrison.