Supportive Employment Programs & Social Enterprises

Not everyone can walk in somewhere and get a job. Sometimes there are barriers like not having an ID, not having daily access to showers or clean clothing, transportation, work history, background issues, or just the challenge of living in crisis mode and being focused on daily survival.

 

Businesses and nonprofits each have a place in this world, but organizations that combine the two and use businesses practices to improve their community have always inspired us. In 2013, we launched our first social enterprise, a low-barrier employment program to provide opportunities and training to people experiencing homelessness. Since then our wing of social enterprises has grown as we continue to look for ways to utilize business strategies to accomplish social good.

Curbside Chronicle

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The Curbside Chronicle is Oklahoma City's “street paper” created to provide both a voice and employment opportunities for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. In addition to providing a source of income, the program works with vendors to break down barriers to traditional employment and develop time management, money management and social skills. We publish a monthly magazine that features a mix of stories featuring arts and entertainment in OKC as well as local social issues. You can purchase magazines from vendors in green vests around town. 

Curbside Flowers

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Sasquatch Shaved Ice

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