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March 27, 2017

Apprentices with the Drywall Finishers Help Local Homeless Shelter Repair Damaged Space

Apprentices with the Drywall Finishers Help Local Homeless Shelter Repair Damaged Space

The Chicago Area Drywall Finishers of Painters District Council 14, in conjunction with the Chicago Federation of Labor and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, volunteered to help South Suburban PADS, a local homeless shelter, to install and finish the drywall at one of their shelter locations. After PADS performed some necessary renovations in their basement, much of the drywall was destroyed. As a result, a huge portion of their shelter space became unusable, which was limiting the number of individuals that could utilize this emergency shelter.

When the Drywall Finishers heard about the issue, their Joint Apprenticeship Training Council immediately volunteered to send a class of their apprentices to help finish the drywall. Instructor Matthew Chamorro directed the team, and they were able to complete the job in under a week. The volunteers will be able to make their entire basement space suitable as an emergency shelter again, which means PADS will be able to go back to serving more people in need.

South Suburban PADS is funded in part by the CFL’s Community Engagement partner, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. South Suburban PADS supports 16 communities in the south suburbs of Chicago with 24 emergency shelter locations.

The Chicago Area Drywall Finishers of Painters District Council 14’s commitment to supporting their community demonstrates the kind of solidarity that makes the Chicago labor movement strong.

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