Families stay at the Reynolds Home in El Paso for an average of four to six months.
For the past 26 years, Reynolds Home in El Paso has provided a safe refuge for women and their families who are homeless or escaping physical abuse. Most of that time, the shelter survived on volunteer work from a caring community to keep the doors open.
With the need for their services increasing, contributions from the private sector, including $1,825 from the Sundt Foundation, enabled Reynolds Home to hire staff and double the size of the shelter.
“The cost of running a shelter is high,” said Reynolds Home Director Dorothy Truax. “We’re always looking for options. It’s very limited. We need a lot of support from all over.”
The facility is busy, with 13 to 16 moms and up to 35 children staying there an average of four to six months. Reynolds Home is one of three similar shelters in El Paso. Dorothy said roughly half the families who enter Reynolds are escaping domestic violence. El Paso is among the top five counties in Texas for most domestic violence deaths.
Reynolds staff members, called Family Workers, go beyond providing shelter and meals for the families. They take women who often have very little education or work experience and help them find jobs and homes.
“When they come in, many women feel like they can’t make it on their own,” Dorothy said. “They prove they can take care of themselves and their kids.”
It takes a team effort to help these women and their families regain their independence. Family Workers get to see inspirational stories firsthand as women and their families go from frightened and unsure to confident and independent.
“The change from when a mom first comes in to when she leaves is tremendous,” Dorothy said. “Regaining belief in herself is just part of it. We have moms who come back to visit 20 years after staying here.”
This is the third in a series of stories about non-profit organizations that were supported by the Sundt Foundation in 2016. The articles will appear on our blog on Tuesdays through May 23.
April 11: Project Healing Waters
April 18: Restore Education
Our commitment to effect positive change on the environment and become one of the top green contractors in the nation is paying off. We recently advanced to 30th from 46th on the Engineering News-Record Top 100 Green Contractors list and to 26th from 40th on Building Design + Construction’s Green Building Giants list.
UC-Davis Tercero Student Housing Phase III.
A few of our sustainable projects this year include the LEED Silver certified University of Arizona Old Main Building renovation in Tucson, Ariz.; the LEED Platinum certified University of California, Davis Tercero Student Housing Phase III complex in Davis, Calif.; and the LEED Gold certified Butler Elementary/Puentes Middle School in El Paso, Texas. We are also completing construction of the Sellwood Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, Ore., which is being built in accordance with the Greenroads International sustainability rating system for transportation projects.
“Our renewed corporate commitment has paid off, due largely to the efforts of the Sundt Sustainability Mentor Group, which includes representatives from all of Sundt’s business units,” said Dan Osterman, Sundt sustainability champion. “One area where our team has instituted significant change is in our reduction of generated waste at project sites. This year alone, our corporate standard of waste diversion increased to 75 percent, up from 50 percent on all Sundt projects.”
The Sundt Sustainability Mentor Group is a team of employees that promotes environmentally responsible practices at the company’s offices and jobsites. In addition to implementing green standards within our company, the mentorship program has increased Sundt’s involvement in sustainable organizations like the U.S. Green Building Council and Greenroads.
The group has also helped cultivate green expertise among our employee-owners, expanded our national profile as a green leader and focused our sustainability goals to achieve greater results and effect positive change in the environment.
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Beyond the projects on the job site, Sundt works hard on a mix of projects that build relationships among its team members as well as joint-venture partners, subcontractors and people looking to launch or continue their construction careers with our company.
Recently, Sundt’s Talent Acquisition Department met with representatives from state, local, and non-profit agencies at our Phoenix office for an informational luncheon focused on diversity recruitment and hiring. For many years, Sundt has been sending out letters to agencies and organizations noting our diversity hiring goals; however, as a leader in diversity, we realized that we needed to take our initiatives to another level and make closer relationship-building-focused connections with the representatives of these constituencies. Networking meetings and luncheons like this one are among the many ways we work with agencies and organizations to support our efforts to recruit and hire greater numbers of women, veterans, African Americans and other minority candidates seeking jobs in the construction industry.
Among the attendees at this luncheon were Danny Meehan of DES Veterans’ Business Services; DJ Randal of Maximus; Tamara Floyd of OIC; Nina Lindsay of St. Joseph the Worker; Micah Peterson and Teddy McDaniel of the Greater Phoenix Urban League; Michelle Harrison of AWEE; Daniel Adonis of the Maricopa Skill Center.
Gov. Jan Brewer addresses the crowd at the 40th Anniversary Rededication of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
One week ago, today, the London Bridge was rededicated in celebration of its 40th anniversary
as a landmark that built a city. That city, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., welcomed hundreds of visitors on the evening of Oct. 14 to honor the structure’s four decades in the Grand Canyon State, as well as the significant role it played throughout the course of London’s history. During the rededication, Gov. Jan Brewer and Mayor Mark Nexsen made remarks, both reflecting on the bridge’s vibrant traditions and the unparalleled impact it has had on Lake Havasu City since purchased and reconstructed by Robert McCulloch and Sundt Construction
Sundt was a proud sponsor of last Friday’s event and we continue to revel, as millions do each year, in the wonder that is the London Bridge. Click here to see more photos from the London Bridge Rededication event.