4Culture is very excited to launch a second year of VETS RESTORE in 2014, a program offering training, mentoring, and job placement guidance for returning veterans in preservation carpentry. Participants in the program learn to restore and rehabilitate historic building stock, with new a mission to conserve the built environment and preserve American heritage for future generations.
Enrollees in the program receive case management, tuition support, stipends for tools and gear, transportation assistance, and employment guidance from the King County Veterans’ Program.
NEW program developments for 2014:
• Enrollment will be expanded to include up to eight qualified veterans
• Paid internships (funded with King County Veterans and Human Services Levy dollars) will be offered through Vets Restore industry affiliates, including Bear Wood Windows of Tacoma, and J.A.S. Design-Build out of Seattle
• Seattle Central Community College has made the educational component – an 18-credit Remodel & Preservation Carpentry course – a permanent offering at the Wood Technology Center
• Historic Seattle will again provide historic Washington Hall as a classroom preservation lab for hands-on practice doing critical repair and restoration work
Program guidelines, eligibility details, and applications will be posted at www.vetsrestore.org in early January, so stay tuned! For questions about the Vets Restore partnership, contact Flo Lentz at 206-296-8682.
Images: Tools of the trade, Vets Restore program © 2013, photo by Brandee Beau Photography; Learning to restore wood windows at Washington Hall, Vets Restore program © 2013, photo by Brandee Beau Photography