Carpenters’ Helping Hands provides grant for Local 1192 member, who lost his home to a house fire

Pictured: Chad Collins and his wife, Octavia Collins

A brotherhood is often described as a relationship or bond that is so tight it can never be broken. It’s made up of a group of people that have each other’s backs no matter what, especially during a time of need. 

On Jan 11, Millwright Local 1192 member, Chad “Doughboy” Collins and his family lost their home to a house fire. 

After hearing the tragic news, Local 1192 rallied behind one of its own. Business agents and Southern States Millwright Regional Council Executive Secretary- Treasurer, Wayne Jennings applied for assistance through the Carpenters’ Helping Hands program, which is funded by United Brotherhood of Carpenters locals, business partners, and councils, including the SSMRC, and provides grants to members facing adverse circumstances.

Jennings, business agent, Les Roberts, Central Region Director, Jeff Smith, and other representatives of the council and Local 1192 presented a $10,000 check to Collins to help him and his family get back on their feet. 

“This brotherhood means everything to me,” said Collins. “It has changed my life. These guys have stepped up and have helped me and my family get a place to stay while we get back on our feet. I can’t thank them enough. They have made it a lot easier for us and we are so grateful.”

Union brothers and sisters from different trades have also stepped up to help the Collins family during their time of need.