WHAT IS HabiCorps?

HabiCorps is an AmeriCorps workforce development program that trains individuals experiencing employment barriers in a variety of construction & trades skills. But it’s so much more.

Learn why our graduates have been hired by local gas, electric, and construction companies around Maryland & how you can join them in committing to making change in the communities where you work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A FEW WORDS FROM MIKE POSKO,

CEO OF HABITAT CHESAPEAKE

Impact at a glance

Years

months of training

Neighborhoods

Hours Served

From Our partners
“The challenging times we face call for resiliency, concern for others, and continued efforts to create better lives for everyone. The steps you are taking as members of the 2021 Habicorps training class will benefit you, your families, and our entire community. Congratulations for demonstrating these much needed qualities as members of Habicorps. All of us in the community wish you well.”
Bunting Family Foundation

“Congratulations to the Class of 2021 in taking this step to be a part of Habicorps. This program will help you build on your skills from JumpStart or other programs as you work towards a job in the trades which promises family supporting wages and opportunities for career growth. The Habitat family will support you in your journey – it is a great community that will both challenge and nurture you. We are proud to support Habicorps and to support this new cohort of trainees. Best of luck from the France-Merrick Foundation.”
France-Merrick Foundation

Service Beyond Measure

All HabiCorps Trainees are AmeriCorps service members that serve 1700 hours and earn a stipend and benefits while building Habitat homes that transform lives and underserved communities. HabiCorps would not be possible without the support of the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism.

What have you learned with HabiCorps?

“I have learned how to put in windows, lay concrete, how to put in insulation, drywall, and how every part of a house works with the other from heating to electrical to plumbing. In theory, I understand how an entire house is built in just a couple of months. I want to continue on with that.”

What’s something that people may not know about the program?

“I had great instructors – they taught me about houses, but also about life. It was like family. Habitat taught me that no matter how lost you become, there’s always a way. Right now, I have a skill. After the program, I was able to find employment with a company that does remodeling. It helped me with dreams.”

What would you tell someone who was hesitant to apply for the program? 

“I tell everyone – not just young people! Because most programs are just for young people – but not HabiCorps. Anyone who is lost or needs to find a way, with some guidance or skills, apply to HabiCorps. It changed my life, and it might change yours.”

Talk to a graduate

“It changed my life, and it might change yours.”

What does being a HabiCorps Trainee mean to you?

“Baltimore is a great city as long as you stay on your path and your goals. But when your path gets diverted or you take a break, sometimes you can’t get back on that path again. HabiCorps is making is possible for my goals to come true.”

 

What does the path forward look like for you?

“Life looked so bleak to me before HabiCorps and now it just gives me hope that anything is possible. After I finish my training, I think I want to attend community college and study to become a master electrician or HVAC.”

steve bolton, CoO OF HABITAT CHESAPEAKE, on workforce development

how does it work?

HabiCorps began as an effort to support local communities, strengthen our organization and address needs in the construction industry simultaneously. We saw that many of the communities we worked in needed more job training and employment opportunities and quickly realized that Habitat was in a unique position to provide them offering a wide range of hands-on training opportunities in an increasingly understaffed, yet well-paying industry. With funding from the Governor’s Office of Service and Volunteerism, and crucial support from Aerotek, an Allegis Group company and the Skip Viragh Family Foundation, HabiCorps was born.

Financial support assists with operating costs and an emergency fund for trainees, providing financial assisstance to trainees experiencing extreme hardship.

We thank the key supporters who have made this possible, including Aerotek, the France-Merrick Foundation, the Middendorf Foundation, the Maryland State Department of Housing and Community Development, the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, and the Bunting Family Foundation.

  • Private Foundations – 48%
  • Corporations – 24%
  • Public Grants – 28%

Thank you to all our HabiCorps & AmeriCorps members,

past and present!

 

Paving the way for women in trades

A 2020 report from the Greater Baltimore Committee on demographic profiles of the top 20 family-supporting occupations found that 98% of electricians, 97% of carpenters, and 99% of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters were all filled by male professionals. Workforce development programs like HabiCorps aim to dispel gender-based disparities in technical fields by opening the door to opportunities for trainees of all backgrounds and demographics.

What was your favorite part of the program?

“I really enjoyed the classroom training…we built a shed, we learned about different kinds of roofs, even how to read a blueprint.

Mr. Rick was a great teacher, so I learned a lot. I like to be hands-on, I learn better. You can read all day long, but until you put it into practice, you really don’t understand how much really goes into it.”

How does it feel to be representative of women in the construction trade?

It’s a good feeling. Not only that, but as a Black woman, my ultimate goal is to become one of those general contractors out there.

What was the program like?

“The program all-in-all was a very great experience,” says Star, who completed the 10.5 program in the spring. “You’re getting paid to learn, and getting paid to acquire a skill, or multiple skills, because you’re learning a little bit of everything.”

What do you plan to do in the future?

For Star, providing a safe place for individuals and families to call home is more than a worthy cause – it’s also a dream that she wants to pursue using the skills learned from the program. “I want to build a tiny home community for the homeless because it’s hard for them to get off the street and find a job when they don’t have an address.”

Thank you, chaney enterprises!

“Phillips Charitable Foundation is honored to support Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and the HabiCorps Workforce Development Program. We wish the incoming class of 2021 much success!”
Phillips Charitable Foundation

“Through the years, Middendorf Foundation has been pleased to support HabiCorps. Your work is a winning combination of both teaching important construction skills as well as expanding the availability of housing for low-income families.”
Middendorf Foundation

our partners make it possible

Kelly Martin from Aerotek & the Allegis Group talks about why they invest in workforce development

Thank you Aerotek!

Key sponsor Aerotek has played a major role in supporting HabiCorps, from recruitment, to graduation, to job placement. Aerotek, one of the nation’s leading staffing firms, has not only guided trainees through resume writing and interview preparation, but also continuously commits funds to supporting the program. Thank you for your generous support, Aerotek!

 

 

“On behalf of Aerotek, I want to congratulate all the individuals who were selected to be part of the 2021 Habicorps program! This is an incredible opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on training and experience that will help prepare you for the next step in your career, while making an impact in your community. I look forward to seeing your journey through this program and am confident this group of talented individuals will accomplish so much. Congratulations and best wishes for a rewarding future!”

 

Kelly Martin, Regional Vice President, Aerotek/Allegis

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

The americorps experience

In partnership with local Habitat organizations, Habitat for Humanity places AmeriCorps members to serve in a variety of roles to increase Habitat’s ability to build homes, expand services, engage the community and partner with people. This year we are happy to welcome Brandon to our team! 

“I became an AmeriCorps member to further my knowledge about non-profits and to help out the local community. I am originally from Annapolis and with Baltimore so close, I wanted to give back to the community. I am looking forward to finishing a house and working along side homeowners and volunteers.” 

Brandon, AmeriCorps Service Member

From Our instructors
“I support HabiCorps because it gives people who have had a rough run in life a second chance. This program shows that there are a lot of good people, who deserve a second chance. It also give others a way to learn a life long trade. And is a good way to help new high school graduates have another option other than college. To the members of this term I would like to say that you’re on the right path and you’re going to go far with everything you do in this program and after it.”
Gary Mitchell

HabiCorps Instructor

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Contact us!

Interested in learning more about the HabiCorps Workforce Development Program or career opportunities for graduates?

Please contact Kristen Chappelle, HabiCorps Program Manager at kchappelle@habitatchesapeake.org or call 410-366-1250.