John Gonsalves, a Boston-area general contractor, started a nonprofit organization, Homes For Our Troops, to build homes to accommodate disabled troops returning from Iraq. His organization teamed up with the VA to serve a specific class of vets whose injuries are catastrophic enough to qualify for the VA housing assistance grant. He expects this to be about 400 homes a year. He is looking for the building products industry to donate products and funds, and the contractor labor force to donate time and services.
For plumbers in Flint, Mich., “it’s been a heck of a year,” said Harold T. Harrington, a master plumber and pipefitter working as the business manager for Flint’s United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 370. Read more stories in 2017 March Issue.