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Mr. Lipscomb grew up in a rough and underprivileged neighborhood in central Indianapolis, IN. on the Northwest and Northeast side of town. Antonio Lipscomb attended high school his freshman year and relocated to Joliet Illinois and enrolled in Joliet Job Corp Center where he became the President of the student body and graded from a plumbing pre-apprenticeship. Antonio Lipscomb worked as a plumber’s helper, moved up as a sub-contractor and became a business owner by the age of 25.
At 31 years of age, Antonio Lipscomb was called opened and founded a Church in Peoria Il., and he started Cornerstone Vocational Training. After several years of working with the Church and vocational center, he had a strong desire to come back to Indianapolis.
Antonio left home and went to job corp. He enrolled in courses that focused on skilled labor. Once he completed his courses, he worked in the field for many years, after successfully working in the trade-skilled profession. Antonio noticed that a lot of young minority men were displaced both economically and demographically.
After several years researching statics regarding minority and underprivileged communities, he discovered very unsettling information. Black Minorities made up only 12% of construction skilled labor, Latino’s 38% of construction labor, while 8.4% of Black Americans were unemployed and a vast majority were uneducated and lacked employment that produced financial soundness. This is how Love Life Outreach Vocational Training was conceived, nurtured and then birthed.
Mr. Lipscomb said, when asked what motivated him to start this organization, “ I didn't see any alternatives in Indianapolis, so I moved on to Illinois.” He eventually moved back to Indianapolis to be closer to his family. However, this time when he came back he had something to offer that would help people better their lives. The organization appeals to Social Service agencies, Construction apprentice programs, Churches and community groups who are also in the fight to help people better their lives through meaningful employment. Love Life Outreach Vocational Training partnered with Gateway to employment, Healthy Indiana Plan and WorkOne to accomplish the mission.
Antonio Lipscomb is President of Love Life Outreach Vocational Training, providing underprivileged society with an opportunity to be trained in the field of construction. Objectively, students of LLOVT will gain Certification through NCCER. (National Center for Construction Education and Research).
Antonio is also President of Minority Contractors Collaboration, a not-for-profit organization, which is about collaborating with construction industry professionals to build more productive businesses and a more knowledgeable workforce.
He is the owner of Transitional Housing, Construction Workforce, which offers a contract to hire, and temporary hiring options. Antonio is a member of Oak Hill Neighborhood Association and a minister at First Baptist Church on the northwest side of Indianapolis. Antonio is also a member of Northwest Quality of Life, Northeast Quality of Life, and a member of Friends of Douglas.