This week’s Hometown Hero, presented by Hendrick Southpoint, is Nora Spencer — who founded the new nonprofit Hope Renovations, providing skilled trades training for women.
“I am a self-taught trades person. Pretty much taught myself by YouTube,” said Spencer. “Over the years, as I taught myself how to do that, I met a lot of women who were really interested in the trades, but I never actually saw women in the trades.”
Spencer said she realized there was an opportunity for women in trades and decided to create what did not exist.
Thus began Hope Renovations — a new nonprofit in the community that specializes in skilled trades education for women and finds them employment opportunities in those skilled trades as well.
“We just got launched in July — right in the middle of a pandemic,” she said. “I don’t recommend that if you’re ever thinking about starting up a nonprofit, but in a weird way, COVID was a silver lining for us because the trades have been essential from the start. And there are so many opportunities out in the skilled trades right now.”
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As part of the training process, Spencer brings women out into the community to provide needed repairs to homes of elderly residents.
“Situations are getting worse for people. So a lot of what we do is urgent repairs, modifications, accessibility, tight needs for seniors and for adults with disabilities.”
More information about Hope Renovations can be found on their website.
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