November 6, 2017 – Philadelphia, PA – Over the past four years, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia to help build 15 new homes in the City of Philadelphia.
In addition to working with the Philadelphia affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, NRCC carpenters give back and lend their carpentry skills to chapters in all of the states that the Council represents in the Northeast.
Last year, Local 158 carpenters dedicated their time and expertise to frame Habitat houses for the Diamond Park development, located along the 2000 block of N. 16th Street in North Philadelphia. Later this year, carpenters are expected to assist Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia in the final phase of development at Diamond Park by assisting in the construction of the final five homes.
“The Carpenters have been such amazing partners to Habitat,” said Carrie Rathmann, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia. “They have been a strong force in helping us build strength, stability and self-reliance for the families we work within the City.”
For more information on the Diamond Park development, please visit: http://www.habitatphiladelphia.org/post/diamond-park-our-biggest-project-yet
NRCC Local 158 Council Representative, Mark Durkalec, acts as a liaison between the NRCC and Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, and said he encourages all Local 158 members to give back to the community:
“It’s extremely important as carpenters that we give back to the communities that we live and work in,” said Durkalec. “As Carpenters, we care about the Philadelphia community and are more than willing to lend our skills to help those who are less fortunate than us.”
In 2018, Durkalec expects Local 158 carpenters to assist in the construction of additional Habitat for Humanity homes in the City of Philadelphia.
About the NRCC
The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) represents nearly 40,000 hardworking men and women in Delaware and New Jersey and portions of Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. NRCC is one of the largest trade unions on the East Coast. The NRCC equips professional men and women carpenters with the skills, training and quality workmanship that are demanded in today's construction industry. For more information on NRCC, please visit our website: www.northeastcarpenters.org; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NortheastRegionalCouncilofCarpenters; or Twitter: https://twitter.com/nrccarpenters.
About Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia
Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia builds strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia transforms lives and our city by building and repairing quality homes in partnership with families in need and by uniting all Philadelphians around the cause of affordable housing. Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia has built and sold 207 energy-efficient homes to first-time homeowners, and strategically partnered with more than 393 homeowners and their families to provide critical home repairs. For more information, visit www.habitatphiladelphia.org