A job is more than just a regular pay check.

A job means a supportive social network, an opportunity for personal growth and development, and some security in case of an emergency.

But perhaps most importantly, a job means a sense of self worth.

The community that we serve at Boyle Street Community Services face many barriers when attempting to break the cycle of homelessness.

We need to break down those barriers wherever they arise; and we need to continue to innovate and think about new ways of changing the status quo.

With that in mind, I want to introduce you to Boyle Street Ventures Inc., a social enterprise dedicated to ending cycles of poverty.

Social enterprises strive to address social problems through the sale of goods and/or services. They identify societal conditions that have caused marginalization to certain groups of people and make it their mission to challenge these market failures through innovative means of business.*

At Boyle Street, our focus is businesses where we can provide a high quality of service at competitive prices, all the while providing transformative employment opportunities for those who want to work but have too many barriers put in their way.

We partner our employees with a mentor, who also functions as a crew leader. They provide on-the-job support and training in many areas, including customer service, safe work practices and team work, to name a few. We equip our employees with training through our employment readiness program in courses as diverse as the customer service certificate, construction tickets, food handling course, etc.

And we pay a living wage, a key factor in escaping the cycle of poverty. The following two links provide more information on the significance of living wages.

End Poverty Edmonton makes livable income a priority

Edmonton Social Planning Council’s 2017 Living Wage Update

In short, we use our businesses to build the skills and confidence of our community members – and provide them a wage that supports a new standard of living.

Our businesses include:

o Commercial and residential moving
o Commercial and residential cleaning
o Junk removal
o Basic property maintenance – lawn care, litter and needle pick up, etc
o A food truck – you will see us around, or you can book us for a private function

Click here to listen to a recent CBC interview on one of our businesses, Downtown Proud!

The great thing about all of our businesses is that they are services you or your company spends money on already. By utilizing our services and “Buying Social,” you can participate in transforming the lives of many people without adding to your budget.

Please consider working with us. Send us your ideas and ask us for a quote at 780-909-2757 or jreiniger@boylestreet.org.
Let’s work together to break cycles of poverty and marginalization in our community.

1 Roger L. Martin and Sally Osberg, “Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition,”
Stanford Social Innovation Review. Spring 2007.