National Portfolio and Strategic Grants

After almost 20 years of making grants to support individual employment social enterprises, REDF is now investing in clusters of growing social enterprises in cities and regions nationwide to scale the movement, build the partnerships needed for a thriving social enterprise ecosystem, and help tens of thousands more people working to overcome employment barriers get the support they need to succeed.

The REDF national portfolio is made up of growth stage social enterprises selected from a national, competitive pool to receive multi-year grants and specialized on-going advisory services as part of REDF’s Social Innovation Fund initiative.

REDF also makes “strategic grants” to outstanding social enterprises that range from early stage start-ups, to more mature groups that receive one year support from REDF for a specific purpose. Strategic grants are flexible tools that allow us to test different ideas, strategies, or partnerships beyond our SIF portfolio, and which inform our work on how to best scale the social enterprise movement. Applications for strategic grants are by invitation.

Cara

Cara unlocks the power and purpose within our communities and ourselves to achieve real and lasting success. Since 2005, Cara has operated social enterprises in Chicago to provide transitional jobs for people who have faced barriers to work. Cara operates two social enterprises: Cleanslate, a community beautification and maintenance company, and Cara Connects, a staffing agency. These enterprises provide wage-paying transitional jobs to employees who also receive coaching and supports to help stabilize their lives.
Target Population: Individuals trying to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Location: Chicago, IL



Center for Employment Opportunities

Center for Employment Opportunities is a national organization that provides life skills education, transitional work experience, placement services, and post-placement support to previously incarcerated individuals. CEO puts crews of employees to work on grounds-keeping and road maintenance projects for municipal agencies. Currently operating in New York, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and California, CEO’s vision is that anyone with a recent criminal history who wants to work has the preparation and support needed to find a job and to stay connected to the labor force.
Target Population: Formerly incarcerated individuals.
Location: California Headquarters – Oakland, San Diego, Santa Clara, and San Bernardino.

CEO was a member of the 2011-2015 REDF Portfolio.

Central City Concern

Central City Concern (CCC) is an affordable housing and health provider based in Portland, Oregon, serving single adults and families who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions. CCC offers supportive housing and access to its Federally Qualified Health Center, as well as transitional employment opportunities meant to teach trainees the skills required for long-term employment. CCC also operates a very successful community volunteer program to build its pipeline of social enterprise employees. CCC operates three social enterprises: CCC Clean Start, Central City Coffee, and On-Call Staffing.

Target Population: Single adults and families who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addiction.
Location: Portland, OR

Chrysalis

Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. Since 1991, Chrysalis has offered paid, transitional jobs through its two, in-house social enterprise businesses: Chrysalis Works, a street maintenance company, provides experience in trash and recycling pick-up, landscaping, weed abatement, graffiti removal, hauling, and street sweeping; Chrysalis Staffing is a temporary staffing business providing employee sourcing, pre-employment training, and payroll processing across a variety of industries. Chrysalis is located in Los Angeles, California.
Target Population: Low-income and individuals experiencing homelessness.
Location: Los Angeles, Pacoima, and Santa Monica, CA

Chrysalis was a member of the 2011-2015 REDF Portfolio.

Coalition for Responsible Community Development

Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) is a youth-centered community development corporation serving South LA’s Vernon-Central neighborhood. CRCD provides housing, education, and jobs for low-income youth and adults, as well as economic development and business assistance. CRCD launched its first program a decade ago―graffiti abatement―which evolved into a business venture known as CRCD Enterprises. Today, CRCD Enterprises has three lines of business―painting, facilities maintenance, and urban infrastructure―that generate employment for South L.A. youth aged 18-24.
Target Population: Low-income youth and young adults.
Location: Los Angeles, CA

CRCD was a member of the 2011-2015 REDF Portfolio.

Community Housing Partnership

Community Housing Partnership’s (CHP) mission is to help people who are homeless secure housing and become self-sufficient. CHP is an outcomes-focused nonprofit that fulfills its mission by developing and managing high quality supportive housing and providing services to homeless individuals, seniors and families to help them rebuild their lives and break the cycle of homelessness. Once stably housed, clients can begin rebuilding other parts of their lives, including employment. CHP partnered with REDF to design and launch Solutions SF, a social enterprise dedicated to workforce development and job placement for graduates of our training programs. CHP is located in San Francisco, California.
Target Population: Individuals experiencing homelessness.
Location: San Francisco, CA

CHP was a member of the 2011-2015 REDF Portfolio.

Conservation Corps North Bay

Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB) works to develop youth and conserve natural resources for a strong, sustainable community. Conservation Corps North Bay was founded in 1982 as the first local Conservation Corps. CCNB works with opportunity youth, many of whom are gang-involved, to help them explore environmental career pathways, as well as gain a broader understanding of their impact on the environment and on their community. CCNB has helped nearly 10,000 young men and women break the cycle of poverty through education and job skills, while serving the environment and community in Conservation Corps North Bay Conservation Services. Conservation Corps North Bay is located in Northern California.

Target Population: Opportunity Youth
Location: San Rafael, CA

FareStart

Since 1992, FareStart has provided culinary training and employment to people with barriers to employment. They know poverty is a perpetual cycle—especially for people who are homeless, in recovery, or previously incarcerated. For these populations, finding and keeping a job is a huge struggle. FareStart helps people overcome the barriers to employment by developing the work and life skills they need to have lifelong careers. Based in Seattle, WA, FareStart operates a lunch restaurant and two cafes, catering, and contract meal production, fueled by the talent and hard work of their students.
Target Population: Individuals who are homeless, in recovery, or previously incarcerated.
Location: Seattle, Washington

Goodwill Central Texas

For Goodwill Central Texas, the extremely high levels of unemployment among segments of their community are unacceptable, specifically for those people who have disabilities, lack education, have criminal backgrounds, or are facing homelessness. Their social enterprise, Goodwill Staffing Group, launched in 1995, offering a full range of staffing services in health/medical, administrative, clerical, light industrial, manufacturing, technical, professional, and other industries. Goodwill Central Texas currently serves individuals facing a variety of barriers to employment, and employees have access to an on-site charter school where they can earn a diploma and also work via the organization to earn wages while they earn a diploma.

Target Population: Individuals who face a variety of barriers to employment
Location: Austin, TX (Headquarters)

Goodwill of Silicon Valley

Goodwill of Silicon Valley runs two social enterprises: the Donated Goods Revenue business, which includes thrift stores, commodities recycling, mattress recycling, and computer refurbishing; and the Clean Wheels auto detailing business. The people employed in these businesses face barriers such as a history of incarceration, homelessness and substance use, and receive wage-paying employment in addition to supportive, barrier-removing services. Goodwill Silicon Valley’s mission is to support their employees, their customers, and people with challenging barriers to employment; to raise their standard of living and improve their lives through services and social enterprise.
Target Population: Formerly incarcerated, homeless, and individuals with a history of substance abuse.
Location: San Jose, CA

GWSV was a member of the REDF Portfolio from 2014-2015

Juma Ventures

Based out of San Francisco with locations in Oakland, Santa Clara, and multiple states, CA, Juma Ventures is a national social enterprise serving at-risk youth that provides employment opportunities in sports and entertainment venues. Juma strives to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to work, education, and financial capability for youth across America. They believe that the world’s greatest social service is a job. A Juma job socially engages youth and teaches them leadership skills while building confidence for a successful career, working as a launching pad to the real world. Juma’s model combines employment, financial education and savings, and professional skills coaching.

Target Population: Low-income high school students.
Location: California headquarters – San Francisco, CA

Read an in-depth profile about Juma Ventures here.

Mile High Ministries

In 2014, Mile High Ministries launched the Mile High Workshop social enterprise, an employment and job-training program for those facing barriers to work through the manufacturing and production of handmade goods. Mile High Workshop provides contract manufacturing and production services to businesses in Denver in four main areas: sewing, woodworking, laser etching, and general assembly. Transitional employees learn valuable skills that can command living wages in the workforce, without any post-secondary education. Mile High Ministries pursues three goals: provide spiritual formation experiences and resources to help faith communities connect with the poor and practice the most helpful and enduring responses to poverty; develop leaders from and for lower-income, higher-risk urban communities; and address tangible needs of the poor in ways that strengthen their own capacities.

Target Population: Individuals facing barriers to work.
Location: Denver, CO

Millionair Club Charity

Based in Seattle, WA, many of Millionair Club Charity, Inc.’s clientele are experiencing homelessness and working to stabilize their lives. Services provided include showers and hygiene stations, daily lockers, daily hot meals and sack lunches, free eye exams and prescription eye wear, free cell phones, and use of computers. Since 1921 the Millionair Club Charity has operated a temporary staffing social enterprise, Millionair Club Charity Staffing Solutions, a supportive employment program that specializes in helping people who are experiencing homelessness or other barriers to employment to become job ready. The Millionair Club Charity’s Temporary Staffing Solutions program connects men and women with employment opportunity at over 1,100 businesses and residences in the greater Seattle area.

Target Population: Individuals experiencing homelessness or other barriers to employment.
Location: Seattle, WA

More Than Words

Since 2004, More Than Words has been employing and empowering youth who are in foster care, court involved, homeless, or out of school to work in and run a used book store and café business in the Boston area. In addition to retail storefronts, More Than Words operates e-commerce bookstores and employs youth in the book warehouse. More Than Words empowers youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business, with a special emphasis on reconnecting youth to education by supporting GED attainment, enrollment in community college, and identification of long-term career goals. They believe that when system-involved youth are challenged with authentic and increasing responsibilities in a business setting, and are given high expectations and a culture of support, they can and will address personal barriers to success, create concrete action plans for their lives, and become contributing members of society.

Target Population: Opportunity Youth
Location: Waltham, MA

New Avenues for Youth

New Avenues for Youth takes a complete approach to addressing youth homelessness and its root causes, delivering support and resources that enable foster, at-risk, and homeless youth aged 14-24 to overcome their barriers and realize their potential. Through direct service, community partnership, advocacy, and data-driven evaluation, they help youth exit street life and prevent those at risk of homelessness from experiencing it. For more than a decade, New Avenues for Youth has used social enterprise as a key strategy. They operate two social enterprises: Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShop franchises (of which they own two) and the screen-printing business New Avenues INK. New Avenues for Youth is located in Portland, Oregon.
Target Population Foster, opportunity, and homeless youth.
Location: Portland, OR

New Moms, Inc.

New Moms, Inc. supports Chicago area young moms (aged 13-24) and their children, who are experiencing poverty and homelessness, with the personal and workforce development tools they need to permanently change their life stories from chronic dependence on society, to economic independence and family stability. Since 2010, their social enterprise, Bright Endeavors, has provided workforce training and transitional jobs for these young mothers. Bright Endeavors lights the way out of poverty for young moms by teaching these strong women to craft premium soy candles in a supportive, professional environment. Through our paid transitional jobs program, we provide the guidance and job skills young moms need to secure quality employment and achieve a lifetime of personal success.

Target Population: Young mothers who are experiencing poverty and homelessness
Location: Chicago, IL

Orion Industries

Orion Industries’ mission is to change the lives of people with barriers to employment by building esteem and creating opportunities through training, education and successful business platforms. Orion uses operations in its Aerospace manufacturing division and Contact Center Services division as platforms to teach people job skills through mentoring and internship programs. Orion’s Training & Employment division supports individuals in achieving their goals through job placement and job retention services.

Target Population: Individuals with barriers to employment.
Location: Auburn, WA

RecycleForce

RecycleForce is a social enterprise that offers comprehensive and innovative recycling services while providing life-changing workforce training to formerly incarcerated individuals. RecycleForce deconstructs the electronic waste and other recyclables provided by residents and corporate partners, recycles the materials and disposes of the waste safely and cleanly. The scrap metals and other reusable materials collected are sold to help pay for job training programs and employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated men and women in order to support their re-entry back into society.

Target Population: Formerly incarcerated individuals.
Location: Indianapolis, IN

Roca

Founded in 1988, Roca is an outcomes-driven organization dedicated to transforming the lives of the highest-risk young people ages 17-24 (street, court, and gang-involved; drop-outs; young parents). Roca combines relentless outreach with data-driven evaluation to produce consistent, positive outcomes for young people in the Greater Boston area, including the communities of Chelsea, Revere, Everett, Boston, and East Boston, as well as Springfield, Massachusetts. Roca’s Transitional Employment Program provides young people with the opportunity to learn how to hold and succeed in a job, and helps disrupt the cycle of poverty and incarceration.

Target Population: Opportunity Youth
Location: Boston, MA



UTEC

UTEC, founded in 1999 and based in Lowell, was the result of an organizing movement driven by young people to develop their own teen center in response to gang violence. Social enterprise employment in UTEC Mattress Recycling, UTEC Food Services, and UTEC Woodworking is the cornerstone of UTEC’s staged, long-term approach to serving proven-risk young people. For all youth served, UTEC measures success through three key outcome areas: Reduced Recidivism, Increased Employability, and Increased Educational Attainment. Today, nationally recognized as a model agency, UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of proven-risk youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success.

Target Population: Opportunity Youth
Location: Lowell, MA

Women’s Bean Project

Women’s Bean Project is a nationally-recognized social enterprise that offers a transitional job in gourmet food manufacturing and handmade jewelry assembly designed to provide women immediate income, arrange support services to overcome barriers to employment, and teach the job readiness skills needed to get and keep a job. Program Participants come to this transitional employment program from backgrounds of chronic unemployment and poverty, and the program helps them develop the work and interpersonal skills needed to function independently in the workplace and community. After nine months, they transition into career entry-level jobs – often for the first time in their lives. Women’s Bean Project is located in Denver, Colorado.

Target Population: Women facing chronic unemployment and poverty.
Location: Denver, CO

Access to Software for All People

Access to Software for All People (ASAP) developed programs to increase low-income youth’s access to computer technology skills and employment,. Working with REDF, ASAP conducted a feasibility and growth exploration study for a special one-year portfolio of fledgling employment social enterprises. As a result, ASAP was able to make informed strategic decisions about performing data cleaning, video services, website production, and office plant services as part of a social enterprise business.
Target Population: Low-income young men and women.
Location: Contra Costa County, CA

Asian Neighborhood Design

Asian Neighborhood Design (AND) works with disadvantaged youth in San Francisco through Asian Neighborhood Design Enterprises, a design and construction firm. REDF worked with AND to support the launch and expansion of AND’s wholesale furniture manufacturing enterprise.
Target Population: Low-income youth.
Location: San Francisco, CA

Barrios Unidos

Barrios Unidos operates a full-service custom silkscreen business designed to help young people from the Santa Cruz community become economically self-sustaining. REDF provided organizational support, strategic consulting, and performance management.
Target Population: Low-income youth.
Location: Santa Cruz, CA

Buckelew Programs: Blue Skies Coffees and Teas, and Blue Skies Janitorial Service

Buckelew Programs: Blue Skies Coffees and Teas, Blue Skies Janitorial Service With operations in Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties, Buckelew Programs works to provide homes, jobs, and hope for people with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders. REDF  helped grow their café and janitorial businesses. In addition, with REDF’s operations and funding support, Buckelew Programs launched People’s Harvest, a social enterprise that processes fresh-cut produce. People’s Harvest operations were transferred to their partner Marin Produce on January 1, 2014.
Target Population: Adults and transitional age youth with mental health disabilities and substance use disorders.
Location: Marin, Sonoma, and Napa, CA

Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency

Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) employs homeless people as temporary workers in its Clean City Program to provide street cleaning through a contract with the City of Berkeley Public Works Department. The program provides training, hands-on work experience, and income to workers while helping them seek permanent jobs elsewhere. To help BOSS launch a light construction business that would employ more of their constituents, REDF provided financial consulting services and organizational capacity building.
Target Population: Homeless adults.
Location: Berkeley, CA

Community Gatepath

Community Gatepath prepares developmentally disabled adults to enter the workforce through its businesses in packaging and assembly services, light manufacturing, and landscaping. REDF helped Community Gatepath explore new lines of business growth and provided performance management services for its lines of business.
Target Population: Individuals with mental health disabilities.
Location: Redwood City, CA

Community Resource Center

Community Resource Center (CRC) provides families in need and victims of domestic abuse with safety, stability, and a path to self-sufficiency. CRC and temporary workforce provider Manpower have partnered to provide employment opportunities for those who experience situational homelessness and other barriers to employment. Using REDF’s program design and funding for start-up operations for a social enterprise venture, CRC launched Back to Work, a thrift store that trains, employs, and supports CRC constituents, with workforce training supplied by Manpower.
Target Population: Individuals facing situational homelessness, including survivors of domestic violence.
Location: Encinitas, CA

CVE, Inc.

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CVE provided individuals with disabilities the vocational skills, training, and resources needed to reach their full employment potential. REDF worked with CVE to develop their janitorial, café, and clerical enterprises and explore new business lines designed to provide employment opportunities for individuals with mental health disabilities.
Target Population: Individuals with mental health disabilities.
Location: San Francisco, CA

Goodwill SF

Through its career center in San Francisco, Goodwill Staffing Solutions provides employment opportunities for local men and women in need of jobs. REDF supported Goodwill’s joint venture staffing enterprise through strategic consulting services.
Target Population: Unemployed men and women.
Location: San Francisco, CA

Homeboy Industries

Since 1988, Homeboy Industries has provided job training and support services to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated individuals in Los Angeles County. Trainees in Homeboy’s 18-month program receive case management, education, and mental health services in a therapeutic environment while working at social enterprises, including Homeboy Bakery, Homegirl Café, and Homegirl Catering. Homeboy’s innovative supports, such as prison- and gang-identifying tattoo removal, have been recognized internationally. Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support so that their employees can become contributing members of the community―knowing they count!

Target Population Formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated individuals.
Location: Los Angeles, CA

New Door Ventures

New Door Ventures provides skill building, individual support, and jobs for disadvantaged young people through businesses such as Pedal Revolution bike repair shop, Ashbury Images screen printing, and Ally Job Partners. REDF worked with New Door Ventures by providing support and performance management services. In addition, REDF was able to develop key markets for Ashbury Images by brokering deals with Safeway and KKR.

Target Population: Low-income youth.
Location: San Francisco, CA

Read an in-depth profile about Ashbury Images here.

Rubicon Programs

Rubicon Programs helps low-income individuals achieve financial stability through employment in its Rubicon Landscaping Services business. REDF worked with Rubicon Programs to support the growth and performance management of Rubicon Landscape Services, as well as its homecare and bakery enterprises.
Target Population: Homeless and low-income young adults.
Location: Richmond, CA

San Francisco Conservation Corps

The San Francisco Conservation Corps (SFCC) employs young adults aged 18-26 from the poorest neighborhoods of San Francisco to work on landscaping, recycling, playground renovation, and community education projects that enhance the environment. REDF worked with SFCC to provide agency-level strategic planning, performance management, and conduct feasibility studies of their recycling enterprise.
Target Population: Low-income young adults.
Location: San Francisco, CA

SF Clean City Coalition

The Clean City Coalition provides transitional employment opportunities for homeless and very low-income individuals through businesses like street sweeping, graffiti abatement, and neighborhood greening that improve and maintain the urban environment. REDF conducted market assessment, growth planning, and performance management.
Target Population: Individuals referred by social service agencies as well as alcohol and drug treatment programs.
Location: San Francisco, CA

Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul operates one of the oldest reuse businesses in Alameda County. To help them launch WasteNot, their e-waste recycling program, REDF provided strategic planning, feasibility studies, and performance management.
Target Population: Individuals struggling to gain employment.
Location: Oakland, CA

Taller San Jose: Hope Builders

Taller San Jose empowers the unemployed, undereducated, and unskilled youth of Orange County to move out of poverty by teaching them how to get and keep a job.  Their social enterprise, Hope Builders, provides work experience in the construction industry that fast tracks them to living wage employment. REDF helped Taller San Jose relaunch the core business model for Hope Builders and is providing strategic services so that Taller San Jose can expand its enterprise revenue and capacity for employment.
Target Population: Low-income and formerly incarcerated young adults ages 18-28.
Location: Santa Ana, CA

Urban Strategies/McCormack Baron Ragan: Green Streets

Urban Strategies makes inner city neighborhoods better places to live by providing opportunities for economic empowerment so that residents can lead healthy, prosperous lives. Working with housing property management company McCormack Baron Ragan (MBR), Urban Strategies supports Green Streets, a social enterprise that provides recycling, environmental waste management, groundskeeping, and janitorial services. In addition to providing funding for employee support services, REDF helped Green Streets develop operational capabilities to improve business performance and prepare for a Bay Area expansion.
Target Population: Residents of public housing.
Location: San Francisco, CA

Weingart Center for the Homeless: 360 Degree Solutions

With a mission to empower and transform lives by delivering innovative solutions to combat and break the cycle of poverty, the Weingart Center for the Homeless provides homeless individuals in Los Angeles with the basic skills necessary to stabilize their lives, earn income, and find permanent housing. Recognizing that the biggest barrier to people’s self-sufficiency is lack of employment opportunities, the Weingart Center for the Homeless launched its first line of business, 360 Degree Solutions, a full-service pest management social enterprise that trains and employs the men and women that the they serve. REDF helped Weingart identify the pest management business and assisted in launching their enterprise by researching the new business market and preparing an operations and implementation plan. REDF is also helping Weingart integrate the delivery of employee support services with their pest control social enterprise.

Target Population: Homeless men and women living on Los Angeles’ Skid Row.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Youth Industry

Youth Industry, now part of New Door Ventures, developed jobs programs in thrift stores, a recycling business, and a café to provide opportunities for homeless youth. REDF supported growth and performance management of multiple thrift stores. In addition, REDF contributed to the feasibility study, launch, and operation of a youth employment café.
Target Population: Homeless young men and women.
Location: Contra Costa County, CA

Better Futures Minnesota

Better Futures Minnesota is a social enterprise that uses an integrated approach to serve men who have significant barriers (chronic incarceration, chronic homelessness, unemployment and untreated mental/chemical health challenges) to stabilization using workforce development and employment as a core component in the model. They operate several lines of business, including deconstruction, property maintenance, janitorial, and recycling. REDF will help support their external job placement and retention efforts.
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Billings Forge Community Works/The Kitchen

The Kitchen is two cafes, a catering business and cooking classes, managed by Billings Forge Community Works as a business with a social purpose.   They provide job training in culinary and customer service skills for residents of Hartford. REDF will help support their café expansion, enabling them to employ and train more individuals.
Location: Hartford, CT

CUPs Coffeehouse

CUPs Coffeehouse is a café in southwest Baltimore that provides the community with great coffee, and young people with supportive workforce jobs. REDF will help support building up their staff capacity to allow them to take advantage of new growth opportunities and rising demand.
Location: Baltimore, MD

Daybreak, Inc / Lindy & Company

Daybreak, Inc is based in Dayton, Ohio, and provides shelter and services to homeless youth. Lindy and Company is Daybreak’s gourmet pet treat bakery and social enterprise that provides paid transitional job and support for the youth in Daybreak’s programs. REDF is providing support to help purchase new equipment for the expanded bakery.
Location: Dayton, OH

EPA Made / LevMade

EPA Made is a social enterprise of LevMade. EPA made serves disadvantaged young single mothers in the East Palo Alto area and employs the women to create products for their retail store, including sewn goods, candles, and custom printed products. They provide job training services and supports in addition to employment. REDF will support EPA Made in purchasing additional equipment which will increase their production capacity and enable them to employ more women.

Location: East Palo Alto / Menlo Park, CA

First Step Staffing

First Step is a large staffing organization in Atlanta, GA, that works to employ people who are homeless or have been previously homeless. They have had great success in providing significant work experience for people experiencing homelessness, in part because of the focus on providing transportation to job sites outside of the Atlanta metro area. REDF is supporting them in the purchase of additional vans for their fleet, as well as exploration into expansion and replication.

Location: Atlanta, GA

Greyston Foundation, Inc

Greyston Bakery operates a commercial bakery, supplying goods to Ben & Jerrys, Whole Foods, and others, while employing people who face barriers to work such as previous incarceration. They are working to expand their Open Hiring program and are developing the Open Hiring employer toolkitt. REDF will provide funds to support the hiring of an intern for Greyston who will work on further developing the Open Hiring program, as well as give REDF insight into Greyston’s corporate partnerships, allowing us to apply that learning to help other social enterprises strengthen their relationships with the business sector.
Location: Yonkers, NY

Hart Community Homes/Monkey Business

Hart Community homes provides housing and services to foster youth and foster youth aging out of the system. They operate a social enterprise, Monkey Business Café, which also provides catering services, oversees an urban garden, and produces some branded products like jams and salsas. REDF is supporting Monkey Business Café in the renovation an expansion of its café location, which will help them increase the number of youth they are able to employ.

Location: Fullerton, CA

Kitchens for Good

Kitchens for Good works to combat food waste and unemployment through their San Diego-based social enterprise. The social enterprise operates a catering business and produces contract meals. They employ individuals with barriers to employment in a culinary job training program to provide catered meals and meals for the hungry in San Diego, all while taking advantage of reclaimed food designated for landfills. REDF is providing funding to help them double the size of their kitchen which increases their capacity to fulfill contracts and train more people.
Location: San Diego, CA

New Door Ventures

New Door Ventures is an organization based in San Francisco, CA, which provides services to opportunity youth. They operate two social enterprises – Ashbury Images, which does screen printing, and Pedal Revolution, which is a bike shop specializing in repair and sales. In 2017, REDF is providing support to New Door to focus on growing Ashbury Images and increasing the number of youth the social enterprise is able to employ.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Pioneer Human Services

Pioneer Human Services is a large service agency working with people coming out of the justice system. They operate several social enterprises, including a large aerospace manufacturing facility where they produce parts for Boeing.  REDF is supporting them on a blueprint training class that they’ve developed which has successfully gotten multiple people with records strong job placements. REDF will also work with them to tie their services and social enterprise together more closely.

Location: Seattle, WA

Project Return, Inc. / PROe

Project Return is based in Nashville, TN and is dedicated to the men and women who are returning from incarceration. They operate a social enterprise staffing agency, PROe, providing temporary work and ongoing wraparound services through contractual partnerships with private employers. REDF is providing support to increase job coaching services and help with business development.
Location: Nashville, TN

Rebuilding Exchange

Rebuilding Exchange employs and trains individuals facing barriers such as a history of incarceration, homelessness, or addiction in warehouse logistics, carpentry, and retail and customer service functions in the enterprise, which sells reclaimed products. REDF will support the organization’s workforce development program.

Location: Chicago, IL

Roots Community Health Center/Clean 360

Clean 360 is a social enterprise of Roots Community Health Center, which provides comprehensive health and mental health services to the community, including employing health navigators. Clean 360 employs people facing multiple barriers to work in the manufacture of soaps. Employees are trained in processes that mimic manufacturing floors. Clean 360 is looking to expand their operations into producing liquid soap as well as bar soap which has promising procurement implications. REDF is supporting them in purchasing the equipment needed for expansion.

Location: Oakland, CA

Tech Dump

Tech Dump is an e-waste recycling company in Minneapolis, MN that employs people coming out of the justice system. They do refurbishments as well as recycling, and have recently launched Tech Discounts, a retail store selling their refurbished goods. REDF is supporting them in their startup costs for Tech Discounts, which will provide additional jobs in customer service, recycling, and refurbishment. Tech Dump is part of Impact Recyclers.

Location: Minneapolis, MN

The Town Kitchen

The Town Kitchen is a social enterprise in Oakland, CA that delivers chef-crafted lunches to customers. They employ systems-impacted youth with fair-wage employment, entrepreneurial training and access to college course credit. REDF is supporting them in providing additional staff capacity for increasing their programmatic offerings in the enterprise.
Location: Oakland, CA

Transitions – Mental Health Association / Growing Grounds

Transitions- Mental Health Association is based in San Luis Obispo, CA and provides housing, community, support, and work to people with mental illness. They operate a social enterprise that includes a wholesale nursery, a farm, and a retail store; all are “Growing Grounds.” REDF is providing support to help purchase equipment that increases production capacity.
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA

University of Maryland Baltimore County / Flying Fruit Stands

The Flying Fruit Stands social enterprises are café and smoothie stands in three locations within Baltimore City. The program is operated by the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and provides on-the-job training to opportunity youth, both at the Flying Fruit Stands, and at external placements. REDF will help support additional internship opportunities and increasing staff capacity.
Location: Baltimore, MD

West Oakland Job Resource Center

West Oakland Job Resource Center is a workforce center that currently has strong relationships with the Oakland Army Base and has been able to place people from the community with barriers into jobs, including people facing multiple barriers to work. WOJRC has had several opportunities arise that have led them to believe there may be some strong potential in them launching an alternative staffing agency. REDF is providing funding to help them explore the possibility and conduct feasibility analyses.

Location: Oakland, CA

Blue Sky Café and Bakery

Blue Sky Café and Bakery is a café, bakery and catering social enterprise. In addition to operating the café, they also host private events. Blue Sky Café and Bakery’s program prepares opportunity youth for mainstream work by providing training and employment in a foodservice environment. REDF will provide support for Blue Sky Café and Bakery to increase wages and implement additional programming.
Location: Chicago, IL

Civicorps

Civicorps is a conservation corps organization in Oakland, CA, which runs a charter school as well as social enterprises to train and employ opportunity youth. One of their social enterprises is a recycling collection social enterprise, where they provide apprenticeships for youth. These apprenticeships have the potential to lead to union positions. Civicorps recently partnered with Waste Management to take over their small business recycling accounts, which helped the enterprise grow. REDF supported Civicorps in purchasing a new truck to service the routes.

Location: Oakland, CA

Community Kitchen Pittsburg

Community Kitchens Pittsburgh (CKP) operates retail and contract food service social enterprises to schools, healthcare institutions, other businesses, and the general public. Several new business line expansions are planned for FY2016. REDF will assist the organization in introducing a transitional jobs program for people facing significant barriers to work, such as previous incarceration or homelessness.

Location: Pittsburg, PA

Drive Change

Drive Change operates an award winning food truck in New York City and provides a transitional employment fellowship which employs New York youth coming out of the adult prison/jail system. REDF will provide support for the organization to hone its strategic plan, strengthen its’ leadership, and build-out a more robust curriculum for its fellows.
Location: New York, NY

EcoWorks

EcoWorks’ social enterprise, Reclaim Detroit, is a leading deconstruction enterprise in Southeast Michigan, with wholesale and retail sales of reclaimed materials, which funds workforce development programs for individuals with barriers to employment. REDF support will help the organization prepare for a public-private partnership to create a re-use hub in midtown Detroit.

Location: Detroit, MI

The Empowerment Plan

Empowerment Plan is an organization that educates, employs, and empowers homeless individuals in the Detroit, MI area. The social enterprise trains these individuals in sewing and manufacturing an innovative sleeping bag coat that is distributed to individuals in need, sponsored by donors. Empowerment Plan is now working on expansion, which REDF funds will help support.

Location: Detroit, MI

Goodwill Industries of Southern Piedmont

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, GISP is introducing an intensive retention and advancement program for clients who opt for long-term commitment to change their life trajectory to achieve family sustaining employment. REDF will support an external evaluation expert to consult with GISP on the development of an evaluation framework for this new service system.

Location: Charlotte, NC

Green Streets

Green Streets is a social enterprise that provides environmental services for businesses, homes, market rate and affordable housing properties, while providing jobs and careers for individuals overcoming adversity. They manage recycling & composting services, and also provide education sessions on waste reduction. Green Streets is operated by young entrepreneurs who are investing in their communities and becoming leaders. REDF, through a generous donation by the Kindling Foundation, is supporting Green Streets with leadership development, and capital purchases to expand their business.
Location: San Francisco, CA

Greyston Bakery

Greyston Bakery operates a commercial bakery, supplying goods to Ben & Jerrys, Whole Foods, and others, while employing people who face barriers to work such as previous incarceration. They are working to expand their Open Hiring program and are working on developing evaluation metrics to measure their impact. REDF will provide funds to support the hiring of an intern for Greyston who will work on building out the evaluation framework, as well as give REDF insight into Greyston’s corporate partnerships, allowing us to apply that learning to help other social enterprises strengthen their relationships with the business sector.
Location: New York, NY

Neighborhood Industries

Neighborhood Industries operates thrift stores and provides transitional employment for people facing barriers to work. Another business line recycles the material not sold in retail thrift stores. REDF will support the infrastructure necessary to increase capacity of the Neighborhood Recycling business.

Location: Fresno, CA

North Lawndale Employment Network/Sweet Beginnings

Sweet Beginnings produces local honey and honey-based skin products in the greater Chicago area and provides transitional employment for formerly incarcerated people reentering into society. They are housed and operated under the North Lawndale Employment Network, which provides workforce and wraparound services. REDF will assist the organization by providing funding to increase wages, grow their beekeeping services, and improve marketing capabilities.
Location: Chicago, IL

Pogo Park

Pogo Park is based in one of the Bay Area’s toughest inner-city neighborhoods, Richmond’s Iron Triangle, and is working to transform little-used city parks into safe and vibrant places for children to play. They have a team of local residents – who plan, design, build and manage the parks themselves. Demand for their park development expertise is growing, and they are partnering with a renowned playground equipment designer to produce playgrounds and design more parks. REDF provided a planning grant to help build out a business plan for this new social enterprise.
Location: Richmond,CA

Primavera Foundation

Primavera’s alternative staffing social enterprise, Primavera Works provides temporary and temp to hire workers for residential, business, and public sector partners. Primavera Works offers temporary and/or permanent employment to 500 individuals with barriers to employment, including people experiencing homelessness, those who were formerly incarcerated, veterans, and low-income men and women. REDF will support the organization’s expansion of services to serve more business customers and driving demand for more employees.

Location: Tucson, AZ

Reconcile New Orleans

Reconcile’s Mobile Market & Kitchen serves opportunity youth by bringing fresh local produce to the city’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods and training youth in driving, managing, stocking, distributing and promoting healthy local food, and supporting mobile nutrition and cooking demonstrations. REDF will support the development of a business plan, and curriculum for the Mobile Market & Kitchen.

Location: New Orleans, LA

Second Chance, Inc.

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Second Chance, Inc. creates “green collar jobs” by taking apart buildings that would otherwise be demolished and dumped in a landfill and offering reclaimed materials to the public to fund job training and workforce development programs that serve those with barriers to employment. REDF will support job developer and career counselor functions to upgrade the employment readiness program and improve outcomes for employees.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Thistle Farms Inc.

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Thistle Farms offers women who have survived trafficking, addiction, prostitution, and life on the streets with supportive housing and employment opportunities. The organization operates three social enterprises: Thistle Farms Manufacturing, Thistle Farms Global Marketplace, and the Thistle Stop Café. REDF will support the expansion of the café through a renovation to include a commercial kitchen and dedicated event space.

Location: Nashville, TN