The new Care and Conserve Plumbing Repair Program is a partnership with the City of Atlanta’s Watershed Management Department. The program aims to provide eligible low-income homeowners’ assistance with water and sewer repairs, conduct water audits, conduct plumbing assessments, and provide water conservation education counseling. A component of the program is the plumber’s apprenticeship program. The program provides Westside residents hands-on training to be qualified to assist plumbers with home repairs. The first group of plumber’s apprentices graduated in August and Theodore King was one of these graduates. Prior to the program he was unemployed. He heard about the program through Gateway and was immediately interested. “I wanted to make a change in my life. Instead of all the negative I wanted to go positive,” he said. Theodore credits the program and the people in it for helping him to make a change saying, “The people that I was in class with, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have made it. They were my focal point. Everything I experienced we did together.” Theodore is part of the first group of plumber’s apprentices and will begin work with Talon Plumbing as part of the Care and Conserve Plumbing Repair Program.