WHAT IF A
FURNITURE STORE AND LANDSCAPING COMPANY
COULD DISRUPT THE
CYCLE OF POVERTY
IN SNOHOMISH COUNTY?
WHAT IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE?
There are many existing and evolving definitions of what a Social Enterprise is. We believe one of the best definitions comes from the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA), a member organization supporting 900+ social enterprises:
“Social enterprises are businesses whose primary purpose is the common good. They use the methods and disciplines of business and the power of the marketplace to advance their social, environmental and human justice agendas.”
Three characteristics distinguish a social enterprise from other types of businesses, nonprofits and government agencies:
It directly addresses an intractable social need and serves the common good, either through its products and services or through the number of disadvantaged people it employs.
Its commercial activity is a strong revenue driver, whether a significant earned income stream within a nonprofit’s mixed revenue portfolio, or a for profit enterprise.
The common good is its primary purpose, literally “baked into” the organization’s DNA, and trumping all others.
Kindred Kitchen is a coffee shop which partners with Housing Hope and Cocoon House to provide job training for homeless and at-risk youth, ages 16-24. Through the barista training program, the interns gain skills in the foodservice industry enabling them to advance towards a living wage career.
Kindred Kitchen serves high quality drip coffee, espresso beverages, tea, grab and go food, made to order sandwiches, and fresh baked goods.
GroundWorks Landscaping was established in January 2011 as HopeWorks’ first social enterprise. Through employment and training, this business provides pathways to professional careers in the Landscaping and irrigation Industry. GroundWorks Landscaping offers quality landscape services for commercial and residential properties in Snohomish County at competitive prices. GroundWorks currently services almost 70 properties in Snohomish County and is always looking to expand.
Our Services include:
ReNew Home and Decor opened its doors in July 2013 as HopeWorks’ third social enterprise. Residents of transitional and affordable housing who are work ready enter the ReNewWorks’ Internship Program to develop a variety of skills which enable them to find an entry level job in an industry with a career pathway. The skills they learn include customer service, online marketing, and inventory management. 20% of all proceeds from sales go to into Housing Hope and HopeWorks programs to help end poverty.
OUR APPROACH TO FIGHTING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
HopeWorks job training programs are provided through three social enterprise businesses rooted in three different industries: landscaping, food service and retail. Each of HopeWorks’ social enterprise internship programs are designed to give homeless and low-income individuals the life skills they need to move from long-term unemployment to careers in in-demand fields that offer reliable pathways out of poverty.