Furniture Bank

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Furniture Bank

Furniture Bank, our newest member, operates Furniture Link, a unique social enterprise that is embedded within the organization’s operations. Furniture Bank provides free furniture to new immigrants to Canada, women and children leaving abusive situations and the formerly homeless. Furniture Link’s business is the paid pick-up and delivery of donated furniture. It now does $1 million in sales annually and is able to fund about 70 per cent of Furniture Bank’s operating costs. More notably, Furniture Link employs approximately 40 people who are marginalized, including about 12 youth. We welcome Furniture Bank as SET’s newest member.

Can you tell us about your enterprise?

Furniture Bank is a registered charity and social enterprise that offers a furniture removal / pickup service.

We transfer gently used furniture and household goods donated by individual and corporate donors, to people who have recently transitioned out of homelessness, women and children escaping abusive situations, and refugees & newcomers to Canada. In the process, we help turn an empty space into a true home.

Since 1998, we have helped over 60,000 individuals overcome poverty and homelessness. We also work with employment agencies to offer job opportunities to individuals facing barriers to employment in different parts of our operations.

What kind of services do you provide?

We offer a fee-based furniture removal / pickup service to collect furniture donations from individuals and corporations across the GTA. Donors receive a tax receipt for the fair market value of items they are donating. Here’s a list of the furniture and housewares donations we accept.

We work with social service agencies and shelter organizations to transfer furniture donations to people who have recently transitioned out of homelessness, women and children escaping abusive situations, and refugees & newcomers to Canada. All furniture and household items selected by our clients are provided to them free of charge.

How has working at your enterprise impacted your employees?

Through working at Furniture Bank, individuals facing barriers to employment attain valuable work experience, build their confidence, receive mentorship and the working skills to help them secure gainful employment.

How does joining SET fit with your goals?

Joining SET fits in with our goals of helping to contribute towards Toronto’s overall social enterprise landscape and to network and learn from other social enterprise practitioners in the field.

What are some opportunities you are really excited about?

– Networking
– Professional development opportunities
– Sharing our learnings with other social enterprises

What sorts of partnerships are you interested in forming?

– Collaborative marketing partnerships with other social enterprises in Toronto
– Connections with private companies interested in supporting and getting involved with social enterprises

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The Raging Spoon Catering Company

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The Raging Spoon Catering Company

Business Name:

The Raging Spoon Catering Company

Business Genre:

Food and Catering

Website: www.ragingspoon.ca

Our Business:

The Raging Spoon Catering Company, established in 1997, is dedicated to serving only the finest quality food with a deliciously creative edge. We cater breakfast, lunch and dinner for meetings, special events, conferences and Annual General Meetings.

We deliver throughout the central Toronto area, providing a variety of appetizers, hot and cold entrees and desserts. Although we have a comprehensive menu, custom catering can be arranged for special events. Our cooks use fresh local ingredients, fair trade coffee, and environmentally-friendly containers whenever possible.

The Raging Spoon is one of four consumer/survivor business operating under the umbrella of Working for Change (formerly the Ontario Council of Alternative Businesses). Out of This World Cafe, Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises and Grassroots Research all provide employment for individuals who have been marginalized by poverty, homelessness and mental health issues.

 

Phone: 416-504-6128

Business Tags:

catering, Food services

Address:

1658 Queen Street West
TorontoOntario  M6R 1B2

 

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Options Mississauga Print & Office Services

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Options Mississauga Print & Office Services

Business Name:

Options Mississauga Print & Office Services

Business Genre:

Printing and Office

Website: www.optionsmississauga.com

Our Business:

Our mission is to provide employment training to individuals who have an intellectual disability with the skills necessary to obtain meaningful jobs in the community. Options Mississauga is proof of the viability of the social enterprise model - we have over 40 individuals training in our inclusive retail store at any one time, our annual sales are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and we are largely self-supporting financially.

Our business success over the past 20 years has been predicated on offering high quality, low cost products with an emphasis on personal service.

Printing is our core product: flyers, business cards, postcards, bookmarks, booklets, letterhead, envelopes and large format.

We also offer:

  • Professional graphic design at affordable prices
  • Customer mailings (printing, assembly, addressing and stamping)
  • Binding and laminating
  • Scanning and fax.
  • Internet cafe
  • Mailboxes
  • Purolator shipping
 


Phone: 905-274-8663

Business Tags: employment skills training, Printing and office services


Address:

113 Lakeshore Road West
Mississauga  L5H 1E9 Ontario

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Interpreter Services Toronto

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Interpreter Services Toronto

Business Name:

Interpreter Services Toronto

Business Genre:

Interpretation and Translation

Website: http://www.schliferclinic.com/interpreter-services-toronto

 

Our Business:

Interpreter Services Toronto (IST) is a social enterprise created in 2009 to provide exceptional interpreter services to health, legal, business and government organizations in the GTA.

What makes IST unique?

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic’s (BSCC) Interpreter Services, with funding from the government of Ontario, has been providing free interpreter services for victims of domestic violence since 1987.

Through BSCC, IST enables immigrant and refugee women to obtain skills necessary to become professional interpreters. Our intensive training process (140 hours of training) equips women with the confidence and independence to become vital members of the community.

Our business provides employment to immigrant women and through revenue generated supports women who have experienced violence.

IST Services

We provide interpreters for face-to-face and telephone assignments as well as translation services.

Multiple Languages Offered - we provide services in over 85 languages.

Phone: 416-323-9149 ext. 251

Business Tags:

interpretation, interpreter training, translation

Address:

489 College St., Suite 503
Toronto, Ontario  M6G 1A5

 

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Inspiration Studio

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Inspiration Studio

Business Name:

Inspiration Studio

Long Business Description:

Inspiration Studio is a social enterprise project of Sistering - A Woman’s Place. Inspiration Studio teaches low-income women how to create and sell pottery. The program allows women to gain meaningful employment and provides a safe and inclusive space for women to be creative. Sistering provides drop-in services for women including food access, case support, housing support, employment and income assistance. The services and programs provided offer practical and emotional support for women and works to change social conditions which endanger women’s welfare.

Inspiration Studio produces a wide selection of stoneware pottery, available in a range of glazes and surface treatments.

Studio visits are welcome with an appointment. Inspiration Studio also welcomes custom orders; generally six weeks are needed to complete an order.

Inspiration Studio is funded by the Toronto Enterprise Fund, the Co-operators and ELJB Foundation.

Website: www.inspirationstudio.org

Phone: 416-367-2728

Business Tags:

crafts, pottery, training

Address:

2480 Dundas Street West, Suite 101
Toronto, Ontario  M6P 1W9

 

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Haween Enterprises Inc.

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Haween Enterprises Inc.

Haween Enterprises Inc.

Business Genre: Sewing

Website: www.haweenenterprises.com

Our Business:

Haween Enterprises is a community-based sewing enterprise that provides sewing skills training, leadership skills and social support for immigrant women. We offer opportunities for employment for the women who participate in our program through making our own products as well as products for individuals and subcontractors.

Our products include conference and event tote bags, book bags for public and private schools, grocery bags and t-shirts. Haween Enterprises offers quality work for small businesses who want to offer a “Made in Canada” product. Some other products produced by Haween include soccer and volleyball shorts, place mats, tea cozies, chair covers, aprons and pillows.


Phone: 416-241-6594

Business Tags:

conference products, promotional items, sewing skills, t-shirts

Address:

1 York Rd.

Toronto, Ontario  M9R 3C8


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Gateway Linens

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Gateway Linens

Business Name:

Gateway Linens

Business Genre:

Linen and Laundry

Business Description:

The Salvation Army Gateway Linens is a social enterprise that is an industrial laundry facility providing training and employment to people living in the shelter system.

We do linens for restaurants, spas, banquet halls, hotels, shelters and any other business or facility that requires a laundry service. We pick up soiled linens (mainly sheets, towels and pillow cases), launder them, and deliver clean linens back to the customer. The people doing the laundry are men who currently live in the shelter system who are working hard to rediscover their self-worth and their capacity so as to ultimately reintegrate into the workforce.

Business Website Address:

www.thegateway.ca

Phone: 647-207-0324

Business Tags: industrial laundry, laundry service

Address:

312 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4M 2G9

 

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Red Propeller

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Red Propeller

Red Propeller

Business Genre:
Social Impact Recycling Services

Business Description:

Project Get Reel™ from Red Propeller, Canada’s only recycling service for VHS and media tapes. 

Project Get Reel is an environmentally responsible solution with social impact – we divert recyclable components away from landfills while providing jobs to individuals with barriers to employment.

Website:
www.ProjectGetReel.com


Red Propeller is honoured to be recipient of Business Achievement Award


Employer of The Year
Ontario Job Opportunity Information Network 2016

"You found something that someone in the right frame of mind would not want anymore that would benefit the environment and create jobs.” Paul Lemieux of Late O'Clock interviews. The Comedy Network. Be a partner in this social good mission www.ProjectGetReel.com
"There is a lot of winning of this project" -The Honourable Art Eggleton

 

Phone: 416.769.6682

Business Tags: #ReelChange, #RecycleVHS, Employment

 

Address:

116 Industry Road,
Toronto, Ontario
M6M 4L8

 

 

Project Get Reel™ is a green project of Red Propeller Inc.
Project Get Reel is a trademark of GenesisXD Inc.

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Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises

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Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises

Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises

 

Business Genre:

Gardening, Lawn and Plant Maintenance

Long Business Description:

In partnership with Working for Change (Ontario Council of Alternative Businesses), Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises, established in 2001, is a social enterprise horticulture business that installs and maintains outdoor and indoor plants for business improvement areas (BIAs), non-profit organizations, hospitals, the private sector and community groups. We also provide groundskeeping services for the non-profit housing sector.

Commercial Groundskeeping

PGTE provides weekly lawn care and spring/fall clean ups. Our lawn maintenanceservices include:

  • lawn mowing and trimming
  • planting of annuals and perennials
  • mulching of garden beds
  • weeding and pruning
  • removal of debris from walkways and gardens
  • spring and fall clean ups.

Interior Installations and Plant Maintenance

PGTE will recommend plants to accent an office’s architectural features, and respond to particular lighting conditions. We will provide design and installation services as well as ongoing plant maintenance - watering, pruning and fertilizing - to maintain the health of our plants.

Business Website Address:

www.pgte.org

Business Phone Number:

416-537-9551

Business Tags:

gardening, groundskeeping, horticulture, lawn maintenance, plant maintenance

Address:

1499 Queen Street W., Suite 203

Toronto, Ontario

M6R 1A3

 

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Out of This World Cafe

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Out of This World Cafe

Business Name:

Out of This World Cafe

Business Genre:

Food and Catering

Long Business Description:

Established in 2001, Out of This World Cafe and Catering provides high quality, reasonably-priced food that will delight you and your guests.

From Kitchen to Community

Out of This World Cafe is a social enterprise established to provide opportunity to consumer/survivors of the mental health system, we have been successful in providing long-term employment to many people. With a staff of 20 and an ever-expanding menu, we are able to meet the needs of the marketplace. We believe that growth and a stable environment allows our business to thrive. For groups from 5-175, we can meet your catering needs. Please contact us and we will be happy to customize a menu for your event.

Cafe

Located in the Bell Gateway Building, the cafe offers breakfast, lunch, a variety of snacks, espresso drinks and beverages.

Business Website Address:

www.otwcafe.com

Business Phone Number:

416-535-8501 ext. 33006

Business Tags:

cafe, catering, coffee bar, food

Address:

100 Stokes Street

Toronto, Ontario  M6J 1H4

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The Learning Enrichment Foundation

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The Learning Enrichment Foundation

The Learning Enrichment Foundation provides integrated and holistic community responsive initiatives that enable individuals and families to become valued contributors to their community’s social and economic development.

 

Long Business Description:

LEF logo

Food Services
Our kitchen has expanded from the provision of food to child care, to that which serves a daily meal to staff and clients, supports our Cook’s Training program and prepares meals for local shelters. We now provide approximately 600 meals daily to feed the children in our 17 child care centres. Also, through a partnership between LEF and Second Harvest, our kitchen staff and Cook’s Training students prepare 500 meals every day for local homeless shelters.

Bicycle Assembly & Maintenance (BAM) Shop

BIXI Fleet Maintenance

LEF’s bicycle mechanic training facility also operates as a shop with refurbished bicycles for sale, very reasonably priced repairs, maintenance and tune ups performed by students under supervision of our expert instructor. Shop stock varies so call for details. Graduates of the BAM program go on to work in bicycle shops throughout the city. LEF is proud to have been selected to maintain bicycles of the BIXI Toronto fleet, providing additional skills and employment to BAM graduates.

 

Phone: 416-769-0830

Business Tags:
bicycle assembly and maintenance, cook’s training, Food services

Address:

116 Industry Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6M 4L8

 

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A-WAY EXPRESS Courier

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A-WAY EXPRESS Courier

Business Genre:
Courier Services

Our Business:

A-Way Express Courier is a same-day courier business using public transportation for deliveries throughout Toronto. For over 25 years we have done this in a unique work environment that supports recovery for survivors of mental health challenges. A-Way is recognized globally as a progressive enterprise and a model of social responsibility. Our employees appreciate the opportunity to work and the supportive workplace at A-Way, and we all work hard to get the job done.

Business Website Address:
www.awayexpress.ca

Business Phone Number:
416-424-2266

Business Tags:

courier, delivery, document delivery, small package delivery

Address:

2168 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4C 1K3

 

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