Alan Kanner and Richard Hazboun, the principals of Added Dimensions, met while working for Manna, Inc., a Washington, DC nonprofit housing developer whose mission is making home ownership affordable for low income families. Richard and Alan both worked as carpenters for Manna. In addition, Richard was the project manager for the renovation of the Whitelaw Hotel, the first African American owned hotel in Washington, DC. Alan also served as the program director for Skill Builders, a job training program that taught carpentry skills and life skills to young men and women from the local community.
Added Dimensions and its employees continue to be involved in the local community in a variety of ways. We donated our carpenters’ labor to a local cooperative nursery school for the construction of a play house structure. For five summers in a row, our carpenters have staffed Ramp It Up, a week long camp for teenagers who build an access ramp for a disabled low income resident of the local community. We regularly lead a Christmas in April/Sukkot in Spring workday where a large group of people converge on the home of a low income resident and make much needed repairs.