In 2020 COVID-19 created a stop in all volunteer activity as had never been experienced. With necessity being the mother of invention, ROAD created a collaborative effort to create a new type of volunteer labor.
In collaboration with the state Career Tech center and WorkForce-Tulsa, the first VTAP team was formed to train unemployed individuals in construction while repairing disaster survivor homes.
This new program launched in November 2020 offered 80 hours of classroom instruction followed by up to 6 months of on-the-job instruction for roofing, flooring, drywall, insulation, siding, etc. taught by ROAD project managers.
At the end of the program each participant receives a competency certificate from Career Tech giving them a valuable asset for future employment as well as real world experience in all the construction disciplines learned.
This program is now an integral part of the services ROAD provides in Making Homes Home Again for disaster survivors as well as for the apprentices that complete the program.