Service & Solidarity Spotlight: UA Local 562 Helps Nonprofit Housing Partnership Better Serve Clients

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our Service & Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Volunteers from United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) Local 562, Bieg Plumbing, Frey Plumbing, Murphy Company and DeLuca Plumbing completed the conversion of a first floor closet to a functional restroom at nonprofit The Housing Partnership in St. Louis County, Missouri. The building previously only had a second floor restroom and the conversion will help the organization's clients, many of whom are older and have disabilities.

For 26 years, The Housing Partnership has provided residential development services, homebuying assistance, and home repair and modification for low-to-moderate-income residents of Affton and Mehlville.

This is the fourth volunteer initiative headed by Tom Madden, an active member of Local 562 and a Housing Partnership board member.

“Since I was an apprentice, Local 562 has always been involved in programs helping people who may not be able to do the work themselves or afford to hire a plumbing company,” Madden said.  “We are blessed to have these skills that we learn in school and be able to use them to help people in our communities, which is not only rewarding, but the right thing to do.”