SACRA   Society for the Advancement of Construction Related Arts


SACRA is a comprehensive, 15-week career training program in carpentry and woodworking that provides skill-building, work readiness and job placement services to unemployed and underemployed men and women in Buffalo and Erie County. 

SACRA combines artistic practices with vocational training, bringing together local tradespeople, developers, craftspeople, artists, and artisans to teach skills necessary for success in construction-related fields while utilizing design arts to inspire participants, foster collaboration and instill values of commitment, pride and accomplishment. 

SACRA’s hands-on, project based curriculum focuses on the design and construction of creative place-making environments and includes workshops by specialists, visits to worksites and distinctive buildings, and exposure to career paths through field trips and presentations by industry professionals.

 The SACRA program is headquartered at Assembly House, a historic, 1860’s era church that provides an immersive and interactive learning environment within which SACRA participants are surrounded by examples of construction excellence.  At Assembly House and at affiliated project sites, trainees learn construction skills while they work on the renovation of existing environments and on the creation of new, unique spaces in the city.

 SACRA graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of associated industries throughout Buffalo and Erie County.  Employers of SACRA graduates include such companies as Hadley Exhibits, Gypsum Systems/Conley Caseworks, Cortese Construction, BRD Construction, Little Wheel Restoration Co., Sinatra and Co., Lamparelli Construction, Rodriguez Construction Group, Carpenters Local 276, Habitat for Humanity, Koehler Gibson and Rapid Fabrication.