Employment is the goal of many people that walk through our doors, but they may lack the skills they need to compete in the job market. We want to help build their skills and our philosophy is that the best way to do this is through intensive soft skill development and providing training opportunities in an authentic workplace setting.
Our social enterprises employ learners and job-seekers from the Learning Exchange while competing in the marketplace alongside traditional employers. The profits generated by our social enterprises are reinvested back into their teams to help further their professional and personal development. Employees of social enterprises have gone on to secure affordable housing, transition away from social assistance, complete their GED and purchase vehicles and homes, among other important milestones.
Stone Soup is a café and catering company and our original social enterprise. They train and hire program participants from the Learning Exchange, providing them with employment and a living wage to prepare a varied menu of healthy, fresh meals and snacks.
Voila! Cleaning is a residential and commercial cleaning company. They train and employ individuals transitioning to work while providing environmentally friendly cleaning services. They make all of our environmentally friendly cleaning products in house and all products are available for purchase through the Learning Exchange.
Impact Market is a retailer located inside the Stone Soup Café and online that sells goods focusing on one or more of our four pillars: Social, Environmental, Cultural, and Local. Products include clothing, housewares, artwork, and jewellery.
Creative Squirrel is a communications company focused on storytelling, marketing, and design. Their specialties include branding, print design, and social media consulting.
The Learning exchange continues to help me. I am setting my education and career goals. I feel like I always have someone to turn to when I am making big decisions.” —Alshaimaa