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Testimonial from Apprentice


My​ name is Corrine, and I live in Willimantic Connecticut. As far back as I can remember I wanted to learn carpentry, but life happened and I had to raise my three children by myself, so my dreams of learning those skills had to be put on the back burner. One day at the job I had at the time I kept talking about getting into carpentry and my supervisor told me about Sean Barnes. I met Mr. Barnes and immediately started in his program, Neighborhood Renovation and Training Program. At first, I was bit intimidated about using electrical tools but, Mr. Barnes was very helpful and patient to help me learn the trade at my pace.

Mr. Barnes taught me how to use specific construction tools such as a circular saw, reciprocating saw, drills, compound miter saw, etc. He taught me how to work safety on the jobsite and how to use each equipment safely. We worked on multiple projects that helped me to enhance my carpentry skills. I installed subfloors, doors, trims, tiles, wood floating floors, etc. Since NRTP mission of helping those individuals who are less fortunate, I helped replace a rotted ceiling with a new sheetrock. He talked me through things and made me very comfortable, and confident that I can do it.

I always looked forward to getting to class, and in expectations of what I would learn next. After graduating from NRTP, I was offered two employment opportunities in the trade of construction thanks to NRTP training program. If it wasn’t for Mr. Barnes, my career goals would have been at a standstill. Every day, I thank God for meeting Sean Barnes who made me more confident in myself, who helped me believe that I can do anything that I put my mind to especially my passion about the construction trade.​                                                                                                       

Testimonial from a client

I am a senior homeowner residing in New London and managing on a limited income. Your agency has been of immeasurable help in providing me with much needed home repairs at no cost. Neighborhood Renovations provides a valuable service to the community by assisting homeowners in need and providing training for those seeking employment.

Thank you,

Winifred B.