BENEFITING: SPECTRUM RESOURCE PROGRAM
EVENT DATE: Sep 10, 2013
We are striving to raise funds for the renovation our training center in the Des Moines Urban Core. This building renovation will help Spectrum Resources expand programming and services to include urban aquaponics and additional green job training opportunities.
Our Keo Way building served as the headquarters of Spectrum Resources until larger offices were needed to support a growing client base. The original building currently hosts the new Spectrum Resources Aquaponics Program, but needs significant repairs and updates for us to realize our vision of transforming the current outdated structure into a green jobs and urban agriculture training center designed to meet it’s function as a training facility and serving as a model of what a practical sustainable green building renovation can do for a struggling community.
The renovated building will be home to an aqauponics research and training facility with two large modern training classrooms and a resource library. The roof will be replaced and engineered for a roof top garden that serves as both a training lab and a community resource for fresh produce.
Spectrum Resource will offer the following programs and services to the local community, justice involved youth, ex-offenders, and qualified veterans at the renovated training facility:
*Urban Aquaponics training and resources;
*Healthy food preparation & preservation classes;
*Urban Agriculture training and resources in collaboration with other local organizations
*Solar panel installation pre-apprenticeship training that will prepare local youth and adults for further training opportunities;
- *Hazardous waste and emergency response (HAWOPER) training;
- *Brown fields decontamination training that will help unemployed and underemployed ex-offenders prepare for better paying green jobs.
These training programs will help our clients and students thrive, overcoming obstacles to employment, reducing local food insecurity and hunger, increasing access to fresh produce, and helping improvie inter-organizational collaboration among the numerous nonprofit service organizations in the area.