- Social Enterprise / Opportunity Employment
- October 25th, 2013
Field of Work
Areas of Impact
Fountain House, a 501©3 non-profit community organization, launched a social enterprise initiative in 2014. Since inception, the initiative has incubated 5 social enterprises that employ over 100 people living with serious mental illness. These businesses successfully target niche markets by providing high-quality services at competitive rates, attracting a growing client base in New York City.
The Social Enterprises include Jack Rabbit Deliveries (bicycle service delivering clients’ food to customers); Clever Cheetah Catering (catering service specializing in non-profit events and operating cafes); Bluebird Designs (indoor/outdoor landscaping and floral designs); RockDove Industrial Services (indoor messenger service); and The Phoenix Collective (back-office and administrative support for other Fountain House social enterprises)
They offer members who have experienced many barriers to employment an opportunity to enter the workforce and obtain invaluable marketable job skills; establish relationships with co-workers and customers; and prepare to seek full-time jobs beyond social enterprise positions.