Kelowna program teaches skills that in turn help others

REnEW program helps people with barriers to employment learn construction skills .

Kip Jarvic

The REnEW crew has completed its work.

Participants in a program aimed at helping those with barriers to employment learn about construction and trades, particularly energy efficiency work, has wrapped up with the completion of  improvements at a Kelowna seniors housing development.

The 13-members of the ReNew (Residential Energy Efficiency Works) program, taught and guided by instructors from Kelowna construction company UK Trades, installed 20 new doors, 42 energy conserving windows, replaced shower heads in bathroom with water-saving ones and installed energy efficient lighting, as well as improved installation, at Hinode Home on Burtch Road in Kelowna.

The program, sponsored by FortisBC, B.C. Hydro and the John Howard Society is in its sixth year and has helped more than 70 men and women go on to find work in construction or spurred them to take further education.

The work done at Hinode Home would have cost about $75,000 regularly but was subsidized by donor partners, the sponsors, the volunteer instructors and carried out by the 11 men and two women who participated in the program.

For more see Tuesday’s Capital News.