Employ to Empower (ETE) is a social enterprise organization that centers around employment as a realistic, long term and lasting solution to drastically reduce homelessness in hopes to one day eradicate this issue completely. Our focus is to integrate low income individuals in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada back into society through dignified jobs at recognized corporations thus discontinuing the drug and sex market that the homeless resort to currently. Although we are focusing on only the DTES of Vancouver, we are looking to expand this concept worldwide in the coming years.
The concept of Employ to Empower (ETE) began in 2014 through the first annual Street Stores in Vancouver, where the homeless have a dignified shopping experience for free. While the Street Store provided a short term fix and received support from numerous media outlets, we learned that long term solutions such as employment are equally more important. On January 3 2018, we officially launched ETE. Within two weeks, ETE has attracted funding from the DTES Street Market, a recognized organization run by the City of Vancouver, turning ETE into a practical model that is currently training potential candidates.
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