By TIM ROWDEN
Volunteers with the Electrical Connection, a partnership between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), joined with the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council, Habitat for Humanity St. Louis volunteers and the crew from KMOV Channel 4 to hand a single mother of two the keys to a new home she helped to build in the 7600 block of Vermont Avenue in the Patch neighborhood in St. Louis.
The Electrical Connection donated materials and labor covering every aspect of electrical infrastructure and fixtures for the home.
The Carpenters provided 16 residential apprentices to get the home framed.
Channel 4, whose newsroom is represented by IBEW Local 4, has partnered with local business for three years running to get hardworking, but housing insecure families into new homes through its “Home 4 the Holidays” initiative.
St. Louis’ 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin gave special thanks to the unions for their contribution.
“They do wonderful community work, and this is just another example,” Martin said.
The first two Habitat for Humanity homes in St. Louis were built in 1988. Today, some 30 years later, through the hard work of volunteers and the support of the St. Louis community, more than 355 St. Louis families have achieved the dream of a safe and affordable place to call home.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity, visit habitatstl.org.