Our Trainees acquired the following skills while working on this project
tools and their use
Drywall (types and installation)
Subfloor, 3/4” hardwood flooring installation
Trim work (miters & copes)
Soft skills acquired
General work ethics
Culture of American business
1 training for every 5 retiring in the Trades
According to gobuildtennessee.com, for every five people retiring from the construction trades in Tennessee there is only one person in training to take their place.
EZRA52 supports refugees and immigrants in the Memphis community by preparing them to help fill the current void in the trades. Many of these workers have had building experience in their home countries. What they need most are English classes and hands-on training to adapt and enhance their skills to American standards.
E52 provides this opportunity by buying houses in marginal to stable neighborhoods in Memphis and Shelby County. Our trainees learn by doing. Working alongside volunteer and paid professionals, language and cultural barriers disappear, community is established, and skills are honed quickly. Through intensive training, these eager workers are ready for your construction sites, and remodeled homes are available for sale to help improve neighborhoods.
- Help our trained workers connect with area construction companies
- Volunteer to help with soft skills development (resume, interviewing, etc.)
- Lend your skills in any of the trades to help train and complete a renovation.
- Help EZRA52 find our next house to renovate and train more workers
Connect us with others doing similar work
Support us with your prayers and resources
EZRA52 is a non-profit LLC and program of Memphis Leadership Foundation. All proceeds from the sale of the homes we renovate go back into the not-for-profit to help offset future costs and train more workers for the construction trades.