Green ReEntry welcomed another cohort of six diligent brothers last month, and this group is truly unique. Cohort members range from age 18 to age 58, and are taking an exceptionally integrative approach to their training over the next few months. HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and cooling) skills are the focal point of this cohort’s crash course in renovation work. However, given the multilayered nature of that field, the brothers will also be receiving hands-on training in basic electrical and plumbing work. Their training is co-facilitated by a skilled local HVAC contractor who has worked with Green ReEntry in years past.
The cohort is led by new Green ReEntry Manager Ali Rashad. Ali has been connected to IMAN since its inception, and has a rich background in both the business and technical sides of construction work. He has over 20 years of experience in electrical contracting, and was educated as an electrical engineer. Ali has also run his own business for many years.
In addition to the technical skill-building, cohort members are also taking advantage of “life skills sessions” each morning. As a group, the brothers discuss current challenges and utilize each other as a support system. Green ReEntry is looking for a Case Manager to help deepen this aspect of restoration and healing.