Jose Gonzalez, 23, dropped out of high school in 10th grade. He was fortunate to find Project WOW, a property-maintenance skills and GED-preparatory program for young people without a high school diploma run by JEVS Human Services.
Gonzalez and his classmates volunteer for Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, a nonprofit that renovates owner-occupied homes for low-income families. Project WOW (World of Work) students and other Philadelphia tech students are regulars at block builds, where Rebuilding Together Philadelphia repairs 20 to 25 homes in a single neighborhood over several days.
Clarita Edwards, 72, a 40-year resident of Mantua, has a history of falls, including one out of her bathtub when she grabbed for a nearby towel bar and pulled it off the wall. Today and next Friday, Project WOW students will be repairing Edwards’ home, helping her remain there safely and giving Gonzalez and his classmates valuable practical experience.
Learn more about JEVS’ partnership with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia and how it is positively impacting both youth and seniors in The Philadelphia Inquirer.