Operation Come Home has been operating social enterprises since we launched BottleWorks in 2008. Social enterprises have various categories and purposes, but at OCH we like to keep it simple. Our social enterprises are businesses that we operate within OCH that provide employment opportunities to at-risk and homeless youth. Each social enterprise hires youth on 6 month to 1 year terms where they gain meaningful work experience, save money towards their personal goals (housing, education, etc.), receive one-on-one social support and learn job skills they may not have previously had the opportunity to develop.
The money received from products or services sold through these enterprises are put back into funding the program itself (paying youth salaries, maintenance of equipment and so on). Any funds beyond expenses are put into other programs at OCH that do not receive funding, such as our Drop-in Centre. All in all, social enterprises prove to be incredibly valuable to all involved. The youth gain employment experience, the customer is receiving a product or service while supporting a charitable organization and OCH is able to provide more services to our youth.
To learn more about our individual social enterprises, please click on one of the links below: