Healthy Homeworks Bed Factory Director of Development Allie Smith explains how one of their beds is built during Tuesday night’s open house, which marked the first anniversary of the company based in the Pepperell Mill in Lewiston. Participants in the program work from 16 to 20 hours to make four beds. They get to keep one of the beds they make. The others are sold to pay for the materials and overhead of the program run by Smith and her mother. So far, 25 people have gone through the program, working in groups of four who not only learn or hone carpentry skills but are exposed to social interaction. Abe Chipman of Lewiston, far right, came to the open house to share his positive experience.

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