SOUTH BEND, Ind.-- The Monroe Circle Community Center opened a carpentry and vocational training facility in downtown South Bend Saturday.
The building is located on Western Avenue by Four Winds Field.
It will be the new headquarters for Carpenter's Hands, a construction volunteer ministry run by Granger Community Church.
The group is known for the renovation of the MC3 building in 2007, as well as Miller's Vets in 2011.
Carpenter's Hands helps men from South Bend's Re-Entry Work Release Program and others learn skills for trades like construction and technology.
“The building is part of our DNA,” said Leroy King III. “When we started renovating this building it would've been better to tear it down. But we wanted to communicate that everyone can have transformation, a second life. So in creating the space it really communicates to our community and adds value that if your life has been messed up you can have a second chance."
The property was donated by a generous community member who wanted to support the inner-city's empowerment efforts.