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Community Impact

TEF is committed to helping people build the foundation they need to move from a life of poverty to one full of possibility. Employment is crucial to building that foundation and breaking the cycle of poverty.

But there are people in our city who face significant barriers to finding employment – including newcomers, youth, people who are homeless or those living with mental illness.

TEF funds employment social enterprises that connect people facing employment barriers with job training and work opportunities. Since its inception in 2000, TEF has funded 50 employment social enterprises, which collectively have employed and/or trained nearly 3,000 people.

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Our ongoing evaluation shows that, across the board, working for an employment social enterprise has a profound and positive impact on participants. They improve their skills, employability, financial stability, food security, housing, health, relationships with friends and family, self-esteem, and overall well-being. For more information, see Evaluation

We are committed to sharing what we have learned to help other non-profits, funders and policy makers interested in starting or supporting employment social enterprises. For more information, see Research and Publications.

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