Working for Change provides employment and education opportunities for people disadvantaged by systemic barriers

Working for Change is a charitable organization that emphasizes the importance of work in the lives of people who have been marginalized. We operate social purpose enterprises, leadership and pre-employment training programs, as well as providing community - based research and public education on issues related to poverty, mental health and addictions, violence against women and newcomer/refugee challenges.

Social Enterprises

Leadership Programs

 

The Raging Spoon

The Raging Spoon, located at 1658 Queen Street West, has provided catering services to the GTA for over 16 years while offering employment opportunities to people with mental health or addiction issues who have an interest in food service related employment.

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Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprise

Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises is a social purpose horticulture business that installs and maintains outdoor and indoor plants for Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), non-profit organizations, hospitals, the private sector, and community groups.

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Out of This World Cafe's & Grill

Originally a vocational rehabilitation program run by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Out of This World Café was divested to Working for Change in 2002 to be operated as a social purpose enterprise.

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Grassroots Research

Individuals who live in or are part of a particular community are often very effective in carrying out research projects as they typically have an in-depth understanding of issues such as poverty and homelessness and they may be able to engage research participants more effectively than professionals.

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Voices from the Street

Voices from the Street provides economically, politically and socially marginalized individuals from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to bring their voices and perspectives to decision-making bodies that shape public policy.

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Women Speak Out

Women Speak Out, was a leadership training program that operated from 2011 to 2014. It used a gender lens to explore social justice issues.

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Pre-Employment Training

We offer a 12 week training program focusing on employment in both the food or horticulture sectors and relief worker training for people in receipt of Ontario Works (OW).

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Peer Navigator

The Peer Navigator Training program is provided in partnership with the City of Toronto. It offers 12-weeks of leadership and customer services training with a focus on peer support and skills for working in an office setting.

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The Raging Spoon

Good food for a good cause

Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprise

Beautifying your neighbourhood for a good cause

Out of This World Cafe's & Grill

Great food at great prices

Grass Roots Research

Research for good outcomes

 

Voices from the Street

Speakers Bureau

Women Speak Out

Speakers Bureau

Pre-Employment Training

Pre-employment Program

Peer Navigator

Pilot Project

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