Since 1998, Habitat for Humanity of Colorado has partnered with Crowley County Correctional Facility to create opportunities for incarcerated men to learn professional construction trades and be positive contributors to the community. This mutually beneficial program, known as WeBuild, allows inmates at the correctional facility to learn construction trades and fine woodworking skills by providing cabinets and roof trusses, for Habitat for Humanity homes across Colorado at an affordable price. The inmates in the program learn valuable job skills which will help them obtain gainful employment upon release that will pay them a livable wage, and ultimately help them avoid re-offending in the future. Participants in WeBuild can receive professional certifications for cabinet making, blueprint reading, and wood truss building. In addition to hands-on learning, this program also teaches the men valuable life lessons. As one inmate said, “…cabinetry has taught me, and continues to teach me, the vital lesson of not taking shortcuts. Most failures in my life, including my incarceration, are attributable to this one fatal flaw.”
The WeBuild program extends its services to the general public to further its mission of providing incarcerated men with skills they can use upon their release from Crowley County Correctional Facility. High-quality WeBuild custom cabinetry can be built can be built to each customer’s desired specification. The cabinets are sold exclusively at Habitat for Humanity ReStores across the state and the sale proceeds are used to support the construction of affordable, high quality, energy efficient Habitat homes. Purchasing WeBuild custom cabinetry is one more way to support Habitat as it partners with qualifying families to help them build strength, stability, and self-reliance through home ownership.