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Katelyn Dalton on Spreading Hope

We first met Katelyn in 2015, when she was selected to receive REDF’s Moldaw Award which recognizes an employee of a REDF partner social enterprise who has “demonstrated extraordinary tenacity and courage in overcoming significant barriers to employment”. Katelyn came to Goodwill Silicon Valley (GWSV) as a young woman who had, in her words “hit … Continue reading Katelyn Dalton on Spreading Hope

JaShawn Hill on Seeing the Good in Your Community

We recently reconnected with JaShawn, a graduate of portfolio partner Cara, whose story we first featured to share the positive “ripple effect” of employment social enterprise. JaShawn’s belief in the potential of people and the power of community is boundless! She feels blessed to do this work and after speaking with her, you can’t help … Continue reading JaShawn Hill on Seeing the Good in Your Community

Pablo Gaxiola on Using Your Past As an Asset

There’s been no stopping Pablo since we first shared his story two years ago, which powerfully demonstrates the “ripple effect” that happens when people whose lives are transformed as a result of social enterprise dedicate themselves to helping others. Pablo continues to be an inspiring example to his family, a respected leader in his community, and … Continue reading Pablo Gaxiola on Using Your Past As an Asset

The Power of Purpose – Celena, Women’s Bean Project

Before she turned 15, Celena had overdosed six times. By 18 Celena had been incarcerated due to drug issues. Experiencing homelessness, and convicted of creating, distributing, and consuming meth, the legal system “wanted to make an example of me,” she says. And not a good one. “I was young and had gotten into some big … Continue reading The Power of Purpose – Celena, Women’s Bean Project

The Ripple of Recovery – Jolena, Central City Concern

“We do recover.” That’s the simple, profound message Jolena shares with the women she works with as Peer Support Specialist at the Bridges to Change – Grounded Transitions Program in Portland. As a peer support mentor, Jolena provides assistance to 10 women living drug-free while they get their lives back on track. From helping them … Continue reading The Ripple of Recovery – Jolena, Central City Concern

The Ripple Effect of Social Enterprise – Pablo Gaxiola, Re-Entry Programs Manager, Goodwill Silicon Valley

REDF is an investment that works.  Yes, we could show you the charts, graphs, and spreadsheets that underscore the return on investment that social enterprises provide. But when it comes to making an impact on people, it’s the stories that show the power of social enterprise to change not just one life, but many. We … Continue reading The Ripple Effect of Social Enterprise – Pablo Gaxiola, Re-Entry Programs Manager, Goodwill Silicon Valley

Save the Environment, Transform a Life – Brandon Benton, Community Recycling Programs Coordinator

If you drive through Marin and Sonoma Counties you’ve seen them along the side of the road, in their green hats, and blaze orange safety vests brandishing weed trimmers, shovels, and post hole diggers. They are the young adults of Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB). Their mission is to protect the environment and transform their … Continue reading Save the Environment, Transform a Life – Brandon Benton, Community Recycling Programs Coordinator