Summer 2011 Cornerstone Graduation

Guest Post by Martin Greenberger, Cornerstone Instructor

Photo credit Martin Greenberger
©2011 Martin Greenberger, used by permission

Twenty-one enthusiastic students finished Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A.’s Cornerstone Construction Volunteer Training Program on Saturday, August 27, 2011.

Consisting of six evening sessions at the Housing Center for Excellence and three Saturdays at construction sites, the Cornerstone Training Program teaches students about construction site safety, basic carpentry tools and how to use them safely, when power tools are the right choice and how to use them, wall framing and sheathing, drywall, siding, basic interior trim and painting. The list goes on and on.

The Saturday sessions, on site, enable the students to put what they learned at the Housing Center into practice on a real Habitat for Humanity house. Depending on what work is being done at the site, the students can do framing, siding, drywall, or even learn skills that aren't taught in the classroom sessions.

On graduation day, most of the Cornerstone students, or "Stoners" for short, did siding, but some did exterior trim, window installation and door installation. At other sites, students have framed walls, done drywall, demolition, and even built a stairway.

Cornerstone students come from all walks of life, all ages, and all skill levels. They all have in common the desire to learn skills and be more effective volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A.

After a very productive work day, students enjoyed a graduation cake decorated by previous graduate Bonnie Stutin, then received their diplomas and a gift from Habitat for Humanity’s partner, Lowe's.

Cornerstone is staffed and taught by long-time Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. volunteers.

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