Early this morning I talked with the Social Enterprise Coordinator at UMOM New Day Centers about their Homegrown Job Training Program. At first I was just calling to get a program description and schedule a tour, but after researching it further I became enamored with the concept of a Social Enterprise:
"A Social Enterprise is a venture that uses business methods and market- based strategies to achieve its social mission. Rather than maximizing shareholder value, the primary aim of social enterprises is to generate profit to further their social or environmental goals. With social enterprises, business is viewed as the vehicle for social change. Profit is viewed as a means and not a primary goal.
Social enterprises are launched by those who want to improve the common good and solve a social problem in a new, more lasting and effective way than traditional approaches."
Anyways, I'm anxious to do the tour. For me, Its never enough to hear about something worthwhile... I have to see it, walk the grounds and absorb the environment.
Going further, I gave her some information on GCS and she forwarded it to the program lead to schedule a presentation for me in the near future. During that presentation, I'll be highlighting Grassroots services with its accompanying Caring Spirits Residential Program.