Painters DC 58 volunteers give Ferguson church a fresh look

MATT GALEN (left), Job Corps Field Coordinator Mike Anderson (center) and Painters Local 115 Business Agent Otto Schoenberg map out the plan for the day at Greater St. Mark Family Church in Ferguson as part of the District Council’s “Community Day of Action.” – Gary Otten/Painters DC 58 photo
FIRST-YEAR APPRENTICES Rebecca Smith (left) and Jermaine Perkins, both former students in the Job Corps pre-apprenticeship program, skim coat the walls to prepare them for a fresh coat of paint. – Gary Otten/Painters DC 58 photo

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council (DC) 58 members and students from its Job Corps pre-apprenticeship program brightened up the Greater St. Mark Family Church in Ferguson with a fresh coat of paint as part of its “Community Day of Action” April 20.

The IUPAT has been involved in Job Corps since 1969 and is one of five building trades unions offering training programs through the organization, which gives at-risk and underprivileged youth academic and vocational training to help end the cycle of poverty. The training prepares students to enter the IUPAT apprenticeship program.

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