Guest Post by Martin
Greenberger, Cornerstone Instructor
Photo credit Martin Greenberger
©2011 Martin Greenberger, used by permission
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
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.
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.
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.
staffed and taught by long-time Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A.
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