Building blocks Featured

7:00pm EDT November 25, 2008

Marous Brothers Construction Inc. not only builds structures for people and organizations, but it also builds better lives for people throughout Northeast Ohio.

Employees at the Willoughby-based construction company, headed by President Adelbert Marous Jr., use their talents and tools to give back to the community through many construction-related activities. The company has sponsored five participants over the past two years in the Cuyahoga

Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Youthbuild Program, which educates high-risk youth about the housing construction trade. Participants construct and rehabilitate housing for low-income families or homeless people.

The company is also getting younger children interested in the construction trade through the National Association of Women in Construction Cleveland chapter’s Block Kids Building Program. Participants are asked to build a structure following certain guidelines using the materials provided, including Legos, string, aluminum foil and paper. Several Marous employees served as judges for the contest.

In April, employees took time out of their busy weekends to help community members in need through Rebuilding Together’s National Rebuild Day. Working with volunteers from two other organizations, employees completed extensive rehabilitation work on the home of an area disabled Vietnam veteran and his disabled wife.

The company was also able to use its construction talents to help construct a new playhouse at Broadmoor School in Mentor for children with mental and physical handicaps. The company provided project management services, materials and labor at no cost to the school.

Marous Brothers has not only provided assistance to people but is also helping strengthen the community. More than 200 residents were employed on job sites for five of the company’s most recent larger projects through the Participating Area Residents program. More than 100 of those residents have been directly employed by the company and placed into a skilled trade.

Giving back at Marous isn’t just inclusive of construction-related activities. The company adopted a local family last December and was able to provide a better holiday through donations of gifts and food. When an employee’s home was destroyed by a fire in 2007, the company stepped in and raised more than $1,500 for the employee and his family.

HOW TO REACH: Marous Brothers Construction Inc., (440) 951-3904 or www.marousbrothers.com