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Schumer pushes Isaiah 61 project for HGTV program

NIAGARA FALLS – Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., believes the Isaiah 61 Project’s job-training program for the underemployed and unemployed deserves some exposure on national television.

Schumer has written a letter urging the channel HGTV to include the project’s renovation of a former firehouse on its show “Rehab Addict.”

The group is in the process of turning the former Highland Avenue firehouse, built in 1917, into its headquarters. It has provided about 200 individuals job-training skills in the last two years, while rehabilitating dilapidated properties.

“Isaiah 61 is changing lives and, indeed, the City of Niagara Falls, one house at a time,” Schumer said. “Being featured on such a popular television show would be a real boost to the efforts.”

Meanwhile, the Isaiah 61 Project’s job training programs will hold open houses Tuesday and Wednesday.

Topics to be covered include an overview of the project and program, curriculum, student requirements and expectations, job placement opportunities and scheduling an interview.

The sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday and from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in Destination Life Fellowship, at the corner of 22nd Street and Linwood Avenue.

The next class in the program starts in February.