KISRA Hiring Unemployed Fathers to Work in New Greenhouses

DUNBAR, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The creation of at least two dozen jobs in the Kanawha Valley means more fathers will be better equipped to provide for their families.

From a plumber to a chef, Brian Chandler is a jack of many trades. However, his most important job is a full-time father.

“I have two boys, two girls,” Chandler said.

Chandler takes cooking classes in Dunbar where, just across the street, he helped build two new greenhouses.

It's all part of KISRA (Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action), an organization that prepares unemployed fathers for the workforce.

“They put you in training and classes to help you pay your child support,” Chandler said.

Now, thanks to its newest project, "Growing Jobs,” KISRA isn't just training fathers; it’s hiring them.

KISRA CEO Michelle Foster says at least two dozen dads are needed to run the greenhouses and deliver the food.

Fathers will also be working in a newly refurbished mobile kitchen where they will cook for special events.

“It's really about improving outcomes for children by having their parents fully engaged in their lives,” Foster said.

“It's hard out here right now to even find a job, so they put you in training to help you find a job. At the same time, they'll find a job for you if they have a job here,” Chandler said.

KISRA's main focus is helping fathers, but they say they'd be happy to help mothers, as well.

The manager of the greenhouses starts Monday, and then they can start filling all the other positions.

For more information about KISRA or these jobs, just call the office in Dunbar at (304) 768-8924 or go online to

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