Social Enterprise is a business that uses market-oriented practices to generate revenue. The purpose of a social enterprise is to achieve a defined social, cultural and/or environmental goal by reinvesting the majority of its profit back into the social enterprise to continue meeting its social purpose.
New Directions operates a property and lawn care social enterprise called ND Property Services and a catering social enterprise called Café 6. We employ individuals who currently receive supports throughout the agency as well as individuals from external organizations we partner with.
Our goal is to provide paid vocational opportunities in a supportive work environment for people that face barriers to securing full employment. The outcomes we seek from operating our social enterprises is to increase the prospects for all individuals to obtain employment within the community, to encourage people to advance their education or to provide ongoing non-permanent employment opportunities for individuals that prefer this option.