Grief stricken, Covington spent the next four years working on his own as a carpenter. When work slowed due to the recession, he found it difficult to enter the mainstream job market since he had more than a decade of prison sentences on his record. So he decided to revisit PVJOBS, which led to a five-week assignment at Playa Vista. Covington didn’t receive another construction job assignment for more than a year. Yet, he remained persistent and continued to stay in touch with the job program while taking courses through the Laborers Union. Days after passing the union’s construction safety course, he was offered a job at the hospital development site. “I felt blessed because I needed employment to survive,” says Covington. “Most people like me, who have a prison record, don’t get a chance like this.”
Nowadays, Covington spends his weekdays working hard overseeing his laborer team while attending night classes at Trade Tech to study blue print reading and construction technology. He also happens to be one of the first residents to live at Playa Vista’s Foundation Park Apartments on the west border of the second district, where he’s enjoyed visits from his eight-year-old son and fifteen-year-old daughter.
Covington uses his newfound focus to fuel his growing career. “Even though I’m tired at times, I keep striving because I want something to share with my kids,” he says. “I’m overjoyed by this opportunity. I smile everyday.”