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Non-profit beautifies north side, provides opportunities to troubled adults

Posted at 8:11 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 14:56:13-04

MILWAUKEE -- An electrician is teaching his trade to troubled young adults.

Jim Gaillard with non-profit Ezekiel Community Development Corporation is teaching young men the skills to flip homes.

"We're beautifying and we're proud of the neighborhood," said Jim Gaillard.

He does this for another powerful reason.

"We gotta give them something to believe in," he said.

Gaillard plays a father-figure to many who never had one.

"I try to bring that to the table but I try to let them know why I'm doing that," he said. "I want you to be better than me."

One of them is Reynaldo Narvaez who enrolled in the Social Development Commission Youth Build Program.

"I was actually in and out of jail and was just thinking I need to better my life," said Narvaez.

The father of two is about to become a certified electrician.

"I plan on owning my own businesses like Wire Electric," he said. "Without this program I'd probably be still in these streets."

Ezekiel has rehabbed 14 homes. To learn more, click here.