DJJ, Wells Fargo Bank, Mungo Homes, Central South
Carolina Habitat for Humanity
Collaborate to Build DJJ's Second Habitat House
On Monday, September 9, 2013 the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) highlighted one of its key initiatives representing what Director Margaret H. Barber believes is a good investment - offering DJJ youth job skills while providing a home for a local family under a Memorandum of Agreement with the Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity and the Friends of Juvenile Justice.
During the “First Nail’’ ceremony DJJ not only began construction of its second Habitat House, but announced corporate support for the building blitz from Wells Fargo Bank and Mungo Homes. Wells Fargo Bank and Mungo Homes are funding the project and volunteers will work hand-in-hand with DJJ youth. The construction project will enable incarcerated youth and those under DJJ supervision in the community to participate in building a Habitat house, while gaining job skills.
“Our collaborating partners on this project have opened up unprecedented opportunities for our young people to gain carpentry skills that could lead to future employment,’’ said DJJ Director Margaret H. Barber. “With Wells Fargo and Mungo Homes joining forces with us, it is a win-win for our young people who are becoming job ready, and a family who will become homeowners.”
“We are pleased to partner with and support the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, the Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity and the Friends of Juvenile Justice,” said Holt Chetwood, market president for Wells Fargo Bank in Columbia. “It’s rewarding for our Wells Fargo team to work with these groups and further the dream of homeownership for deserving families, while at the same time teaching valuable job skills to at-risk youth in our community. This project connects directly with our vision and values. At Wells Fargo, we believe we’re responsible for promoting the long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for everyone in our communities. If they prosper, so do we.”
Steven Mungo said, “Mungo Homes is proud to join DJJ, Friends of Juvenile Justice, Wells Fargo and Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a deserving family. Like Habitat, our company strives to build homes, communities, and hope. We are especially pleased to provide an opportunity for young people to give back to their community while gaining valuable construction skills.”
Mungo added: “The chance to build a home from the ground up will offer a visible, transformational experience for youth who rarely have an opportunity to see tangible and positive results for their efforts.’’ “Being a part of the build team will provide leadership development and valuable job skills that can lead to a promising future.’’
The walls for the house are being built entirely by youth incarcerated at DJJ, with work being done within the agency’s Youth Industries Building Program. Some of the same youth will work side-by-side with volunteers, including those from Wells Fargo, to construct the house. DJJ supervised youth in the community will then help with construction onsite at the permanent location. This is an opportunity for DJJ youth to: (1) receive hands-on experience in the construction trade, (2) gain employability skills, and (3) practice restorative justice – giving back to the community in a meaningful way.
At DJJ, we practice a “Restorative Justice” model. The partnership with Habitat is one of DJJ’s largest restorative projects, involving incarcerated youth in the construction of affordable houses for those in need. We look upon our partnership with Habitat as building houses, rebuilding communities, and reclaiming youth who are on the brink of re-entering society.
South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
4900 Broad River Road
Columbia SC, 29212-3552
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