Harry Baird, a volunteer in the Habitat home building effort and a retired GENSECO director of construction, said that, “If it had not been for the CRAFT trainees, our schedule would have been very difficult to keep.”
“If you wish to see how beautiful people really are on the inside, then build a Habitat home with them and your wish will come true,” said one of the CRAFT students who worked on the houses.
“These young men are working hard to rebuild their lives,” said HBI Trustee Jerry Strebel, a Nashville resident and frequent visitor to Project CRAFT. “It is the best of all worlds when they can do so while giving others the dream of homeownership through Habitat for Humanity.”
Project CRAFT’s award-winning combination of community service, skills training and leadership development has been recognized as a model for intervention programs.
Last month, the new online publication, “Aftercare Services”, produced by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), cited Project CRAFT as a model program for youth development.
For more information on Project CRAFT/Nashville, e-mail Dennis Torbett.