Awarded Grants

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Central Okanagan Food Bank

Pathways To Employment (PEP)

Launched in partnership with Service Canada in 2011, PEP is an employment skills building program assisting disabled persons who have little labour force attachment, develop the skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment. PEP builds personal capacity and reduces barriers through a structured, results oriented program offering real job skills development, practical experience, feedback and job search/employment supports. Two positions have been created: •Delivery Driver’s Helper (8 week program) •Community Kitchen Coordinator (16 week program) Participants are referred by partner agencies. They are co-supervised by our Op. Manager and agency coaches. Participant baseline (food bank usage, income, experience and skill inventory) is established, attendance and competencies are tracked and performance is reviewed. Successful participants gain valuable skills and leave the program job ready with an updated resume and referral letters. PEP is an ongoing, individualized job placement program. 3 program intakes are scheduled, with a max. of 2 participants enrolled per intake.

The Progressive Housing Society

SafeCity Micro Cleaning

SafeCity Micro Cleaning is a social enterprise project to employ Burnaby's homeless and near-homeless people in a supported environment. We propose a collaboration of two social service agencies in Burnaby--Progressive Housing Society and Burnaby Community Connections--with the support of Burnaby's business community. SafeCity will offer street, lane and parking-lot cleaning contracts to business improvement associations in Burnaby. There is a prospect of expansion to include the painting of waste containers in strata complexes which have been sprayed with graffiti. This project is a six-month pilot project with a goal to continue on a self-sustained basis. SafeCity will be a low threshold opportunity for people whose addictions and/or physical and mentall illness have kept them from the mainstream workforce for lengthy periods. This suported employment project will reintroduce these individuals to gainful employment while they are assisted with the issues that have marginalized them in the past. Over time, engaging in this project may be a stepping stone to real employment.