CAP Services’ Fresh Start will hold an open house beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 2280 Mayek Drive in Waupaca on Tuesday, November 5.
Tours will be conducted throughout the afternoon and will include 2325 Mayek Drive, another Fresh Start home available for purchase in Waupaca’s Eastgate Estates.
CAP’s Fresh Start serves at-risk youth, ages 17-24, along with young people coming directly from Department of Corrections programs,
The program helps participants develop workplace and life skills while building single-family homes for low-income families under the supervision of a housing professional.
Academic services are provided to either complete a high school diploma or GED/HSED.
A key part of the program involves connecting youth to area communities through community service activities. These include helping the Red Cross, picking up litter on two Adopt-a-highway sections, helping with Miracle Tree, and with projects at the Mosquito Hill Nature Center, the Waupaca Historical Train Depot and other nonprofit organizations.
“The Fresh Start program is one of the most effective grassroots efforts to solve the most difficult issues facing our society,” said Clif Morton, Fresh Start program coordinator. “When this program succeeds, the benefits spread throughout society. What we hope is that people come and see for themselves what young people can accomplish and how that can positively impact our communities.”
Bob Wiseman, site manager, and current program participants will give talks at 2:30 p.m. about their experiences in Fresh Start. a groundbreaking of A new Fresh Start home is also planned at 2260 Mayek Drive. Refreshments will be available.
The newest Fresh Start home on Mayek Drive in Waupaca is now on the market. Buyers with low- to moderate-household incomes may be eligible for assistance from CAP’s Home Buyers Assistance Program. Contact Nancy at 715-343-7108 to find out about eligibility requirements.
Fresh Start-Waupaca was created in 2009 to better meet the needs of disengaged youth. It has since served 71 trainees who built five houses.
Twenty-nine of the 38 participants needed and obtained their GED/HSED while in the program. Program completers are now either working or pursuing post-secondary education.
Partners in the Fresh Start Program include AmeriCorps, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, the Wisconsin Department of Administration-HOME Program, the city of Waupaca, Torborgs Lumber, Noffke Lumber, and the Waupaca, New London, Wild Rose and Almond-Bancroft school districts.