Do Good Deli
The Do Good Deli provides do good feel good food while enterprise program participants gain transferable hands on experience in the culinary arts, cash handling and customer service. Learn More.
Chari-tees is a promotional and marketing social enterprise that prepares enterprise program participants with transferable skills in sales, graphic design and print production. Learn More.
Filling a Need – Community Outreach
Responding to the changing needs of “at risk” populations, the Downtown Mission has created the Enterprise Program, a “needs” specific program that offers vocational supports to employment-challenged individuals. The Enterprise Program provides participants facing a variety of personal struggles and barriers with the opportunity to target their career goals, to gain industry standard on-the-job training and to develop skills to equip them to become “job ready.”
At the Downtown Mission, opportunity knocks for those determined to open those doors …to work!
Tools and Resources
While participating in the Enterprise Program, students benefit from in-class employment skills training. Workshops are specifically designed to identify a student’s hard and soft skills, to target their career goals and to create a realistic blueprint for employment. The curriculum addresses these topics: – Communication in the workplace – Teamwork essentials – Decision-making and problem-solving techniques – Conflict management – Employer expectations – Job search strategies. Job ready graduates are encouraged to access the resource center to further explore ongoing employment opportunities and; to network with community service agencies offering job search supports in partnership with the Downtown Mission.
Identifying Transferable Skills
The Enterprise Program employability skills training component is developed to target a student’s hard and soft skills – to prepare them as “job ready” candidates in the workforce.
Off Site Training
Through the support of partners and employers students complete accredited training in workplace health and safety, First Aid, WHMIS, safe food handling and more. This is an indispensable gift of real world training and an opportunity for students to showcase their dedication and commitment to learning in the community.
Continued Supports to Achieve Success
The Downtown Mission’s open door policy provides Enterprise Program students with a number of supplementary supports. The Enterprise Program team networks with a number of community-based service agencies whose multi-level programs assist students with the management of their post Enterprise Program job search.
Delivering a Solution
In realizing that the number of employment-challenged and “at risk” populations in our community was increasing at an alarming rate, The Downtown Mission developed this enhanced signature program to deliver entry-level skills training for individuals wanting to pursue careers in hospitality, sales and marketing.
Through the provision of a number of life-enriching amenities, The Downtown Mission is recognized for its 45-year tradition of respecting the human condition and creating opportunities to leverage the social and cultural values of our changing populations.
Enterprise Program Interim Progress Report by DARE Consulting (June 26th, 2017) – Downtown Mission Interim Report.26Jun17
Enterprise Program Financial Impact Report by University of Windsor MBA Students (May 22nd, 2017) – MBA DowntownMissionProject
Enterprise Program Financial Impact Calculator by University of Windsor MBA Students (May 22nd, 2017) – MBA Downtown-Mission-Financial-Impact
Enterprise Program Final Evaluation Report by DARE Consulting (Oct. 11th, 2017) – Downtown Mission Final Evaluation Report.11Oct17