This morning, Al Taubenberger, Councilman-At-Large for Philadelphia and Christopher Wright, Director of Legislation, met with Greg Trainor and Kelsey Lee to discuss current and developing programs offered at Philly Reclaim, a building supply reuse center and architectural salvage store where materials are sold to fund the Philadelphia Community Corps, a job training program for entry level and individuals re-entering the work force.
“It relieves stress…”
Taubenberger was particularly interested in the up and coming Workshop at Philly Reclaim, which is primarily being developed by local woodworker and fabricator, Micah Mackenzie. “It relieves stress to work with my hands,” says Micah, “and I’ve gotten a lot of help from Kelsey setting up operations for what we want to do here.”
The Workshop at Philly Reclaim will encompass several types of projects that will make up the store’s first round of inventory to be available online:
- Custom Furniture Fabrication (Metal or Wood)
- Refinished & Rewired Furniture and Appliances
- Unique Vintage Items (outsourced by customers)
- Donated Handcrafted Products
This is exciting because Philly Reclaim’s customer base has always been within driving distance, most within the surrounding neighborhoods of the facility. The ability to browse through inventory online will draw national exposure, so all can enjoy a piece of reclaimed Philadelphia history no matter where they live.
The Workshop at Philly Reclaim will be launching a pilot education seminar in April, where individuals can sign up for guided instruction that focuses on a variety of “how to” topics and wood working projects in addition to teaching repairing and maintenance skills.
Philadelphia Community Corps also hopes to open up a Tool Library at Philly Reclaim in partnership West Philly Tool Library, the only tool lending library that currently exists in Philadelphia. The Tool Library coming soon to Philly Reclaim will permit weekly rentals from a collection of tools and fabrication equipment that would otherwise be inaccessible to lower income families and individuals.
Anyone over the age of 16 will soon be able to utilize both the Workshop and Tool Library at Philly Reclaim through Membership, a monthly or annual subscription that currently offers its participants store credit for Salvage Swapping.
Photo credit: Micah Mackenzie