Landscaping Enterprise Employs Residents Who Face Hiring Barriers

Blue Skies seeks to build a highly skilled team, and it invests earnings in training and certifications for employees.

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
38674829622 Af83a52879 K 5beb2c4a38132 5c7574b20fb80

When Henry Hopkins was released from prison in October 2017, he returned to his mother’s home on 14th Street in Lindsay Heights, Wisconsin.

Growing up in the neighborhood, he was attracted to the fast life, he said. He ran in the streets and sold drugs, sometimes out of the 17th Street house that would later become Walnut Way Conservation Corp.

Now, thanks to Blue Skies Landscaping, a social enterprise initiated by Walnut Way co-founder Larry Adams, Hopkins is employed and earned a steady income for the last year.

Having a job made a difference, Hopkins said.

To read the full original article, please click here.