What Are We About? Southtown Construction is a not-for-profit organization with the sole mission of serving low-income, disadvantaged, and underrepresented minorities by providing them with a range of training and employment opportunities within the construction industry.
What Does This Look Like? Our version of giving back to the community resembles direct work, so the participants of our program can gain firsthand experience and gratitude by watching as their effort comes to life before their eyes. The soft-skills and residential construction expertise that we offer is executed with a pre-apprenticeship program that includes classroom centered instructions, discussions, and presentations. Our program concludes with a unique opportunity for students to gain practical experience on active construction sites through on-the-job training, as well as other benefits throughout the program such as job fairs. Overall, Southtown prides itself on our guarantee that every student who enrolls in our program leaves with not only a well-rounded understanding of their trade, but also the mental and physical stamina, reliability, and self-assurance necessary to secure future employment.
Why Do We Do It? The founder of Southtown Construction BONE LLC, Calvin Pitts, still dearly remembers losing his nephew over twenty-five years ago. The young man, nicknamed Bone, was killed in 1997 during a drug deal when he was just 22 years old. Pitts admitted that it was a dark time for him personally, but as a result of it, he vowed to help at least one young person take a different route from that of his nephew. With that intention he started the training center’s cornerstone, B.O.N.E LLC, in 2007, with the dream of educating people from all walks of life. Overall, Mr. Pitts strives to contribute to his community by supplying these individuals with the resources they need to not only build but also maintain a sustainable and successful lifestyle.
How Can I Help? As we strongly believe in our community-based work and the assistance of underrepresented minorities, we hope you will be able to support our efforts in ensuring an equitable learning environment. Support can look like many things, whether it be in the sense of financial support or moral support; however, regardless of how you feel called to encourage us, simply sharing our message with the hopes that we will be heard would be very appreciated.