New Non-Profit ‘Brick-by-Brick’ Provides Jobs and Pay for North City Residents

By on July 13, 2018

From KMOV:  Each summer, “Clean Sweep” brings volunteers and construction companies together to knock down abandoned homes in north St. Louis. Now a new non-profit called “Brick-by-Brick” is allowing a chance for the people who live in North City to clean and pallet the bricks to sell them, and then they get part of the money from the sale.

Tieruse Cox oversees the brick cleaning and palleting project. After “Clean Sweep” volunteers knock down buildings, the bricks are brought to a lot on Goodfellow Blvd. and Natural Bridge Ave. Cox says everyone who works in this brick lot is a north St. Louis resident.

“They come out and help me, and I help them and we all make money together,” said Cox.

This work is more meaningful than just manual labor for those who are cleaning the bricks. These workers are part of the process of cleaning up their own neighborhood which has several vacant homes in it.

“A lot of people use these vacant homes for a lot of negative activities, so it eliminates that and makes the neighborhood look better, it’s cleaner,” Cox.

Once these workers finish and get the bricks on pallets, they are placed on trucks and driven to southern coastal states, like Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Each shipment is 17 pallets on average. The North City residents working on this project will get money from the sale of the pallets.

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