He points out that anyone can scrap. He says he sells metal his employers discard.
Of course, not all scrapping is legal. Foreclosed homes attract copper thieves — a reality with which Nelson is quite familiar. He leads the Inhabit program, a nonprofit group started through Transformation City Church.
Its participants rehab and then reside in foreclosed homes in low-income areas of Milwaukee. The idea is to minister to the community from within it. Nelson says, when looking for homes to renovate, he started to expect to find the structures stripped of copper wires, window weights and other scrapper targets. In a recently occupied Inhabit home, the renovators found evidence vandals had even tried to steal the water heater.
Apparently, it was too heavy. A former scrap yard worker is unloading old fencing from a garage renovation to sell.
Nelson says he sometimes sees drug addicts at the scrap yard, selling metal to get a morning fix. In Milwaukee County, most African-American men spend time in prison before turning 50, and Wisconsin incarcerates more black men than any other state by far. Doing so requires the scrapper to be a legal adult with an ID. Pastor Nelson stands in line outside a sales window covered by security bars. He signs a paper declaring he has not stolen the metal he is selling.
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