Recovery Act Impact: Weatherization in MA
But when Crews saw a flier for Operation A.B.L.E.'s new stimulus-funded Weatherization Energy and Audit Training course (WEAT), he had a feeling this was what he needed to get himself back on track. Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston provides employment and training opportunities to those who are over 45.
He was right.
In the mid 1970s, Crews had worked for Action for Boston Community Development in its weatherization program. He started as a crew member and quickly worked himself up to crew chief and then coordinator in charge of 15 crews. "I knew the work," said Crews.
Crews knew the basics of weatherization but the WEAT program was able to fill him in on all the changes that have happened to the weatherization program over the past 25 years.
When Crews finished the course, he was offered a position with ABLE teaching the WEAT course. He took it. "I wasn't sure I would enjoy the teaching but I do," he said. "It's good because I really know what I'm talking about."