The Silver Brush

The Silver Brush provides painting services to the commercial residential market. It is operated by a partnership of Houselink Community Homes and Parkdale Activity Resource Centre. The Silver Brush offers permanent employment to psychiatric consumer/survivors who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. PARTNERS: • Ministry of Community and Social Services • City of Toronto … Read more

Friends’ Catering Company

Friends offers a full range of catering services, including some of its own recipes, to non-profit organizations and corporations in the downtown area. Catering ranges from lunch meetings to full service multi-course diners. The company provides professional training and employment opportunities for individuals who have experienced substantial barriers to finding employment. It is owned and … Read more

Furniture Bank

Furniture Bank has established Furniture Link to create employment opportunities for homeless and at-risk individuals. Furniture Link operates a delivery service, handling all furniture deliveries for Furniture Bank’s clients and a furniture refinishing and upgrading shop, which recycles, upgrades and/or repairs donated items that are unique and/or surplus. Web site: PARTNERS: Ministry of Community … Read more

St. John’s Bakery

St. John’s Bakery makes organic, artisan-style bread for sale to retailers, and provides employment to marginalized individuals in the community. The Bakery is expanding its capacity and will open a retail store by moving to a new building owned by the Mission. The expansion will enable the Bakery to employ more people, to enhance its … Read more

Phoenix Print Shop

Eva’s Phoenix has developed a printing shop to train 10-12 youth each year about the print business. The youth get intensive training in computer set-up and on the printing machines. They are working on real print jobs for real customers so are exposed to the pressures and deadlines in the industry. Most of the participants are youth … Read more

Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises (OCAB)

Also owned and operated by the Ontario Council of Alternative Businesses (OCAB), Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises is a horticultural maintenance business that provides streetscaping for Business Improvement Associations and indoor plant maintenance. Green Thumb offers permanent employment to psychiatric consumer/survivors who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Web site: Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises PARTNERS: … Read more

Out of this World Café (OCAB)

Owned and operated by the Ontario Council of Alternative Businesses (OCAB), Out of This World Café is located within the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)’s Queen Street site, and operates four business units: a café, an espresso bar, a mobile coffee cart, and a catering business. Out of This World Café is the … Read more

Sistering Inspirations Studio

Inspirations Studio is a studio space where homeless and marginalized women develop micro-businesses in arts and crafts production. Inspirations Business obtains bulk orders from organizations and corporations for gift items, which are sub-contracted to the members of the studio. Sistering owns and operates Inspirations Studio. Web site: PARTNERS: Ministry of Community and Social Services … Read more

Haween Enterprises

Owned and operated by the Somali Women and Children’s Support Network, Haween Enterprises is a sewing enterprise that makes textile products for manufacturers, private companies and individuals, and provides training and transitional employment for immigrant and low-income women. It has several large, long-term contracts to produce cloth bags and vacuum cleaner bags. Web site: … Read more

River Restaurant

All-A-Board Youth Ventures (AAB) is a non-profit organisation created to provide meaningful employment for youth-at-risk between the ages of 17 and 24. AAB has been in operation for six years, providing on-the-job training for youth at the River Restaurant, a full service restaurant. The River Restaurant provides transitional employment to youth in a sophisticated restaurant … Read more

Joint Level Programs

Joint Level Programs Project Title: Toronto Enterprise Fund Toronto Enterprise Fund (TEF) is a funding partnership of United Way Toronto, the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services – Ontario Disability Supports Program, and the federal government through Homelessness Partnership Initiative, a program administered by the City of Toronto. Objective: The … Read more

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