Being a Social Enterprise makes us different from other for-profit businesses in three main ways:
- 100% of our profits go directly to The Haven Project – a non-profit organization helping homeless and unaccompanied young adults. Click here to learn More about the Haven Project.
- Our Café is the main site for the Haven Project’s Job Training Program. Half of our staff is made up of qualifying young adults who receive an income and much-needed individualized job coaching to learn the skills to be hired and successful in other jobs.
- Our products are collaborative trade and give farmers a fair living wage.
Thank you so much for being a patron of our Social Enterprise! Every purchase you make here is changing lives and creating essential and sustainable social services.
The Haven Project
All of the profit, beyond operational expenses, made in the Land of a Thousand Hills Café directly fund the Haven Project.
“Our mission is to equip and empower homeless young adults between the ages of 17-24 with the skills and support they need reach their potential. We do this in our drop in center, which provides basic needs and then through coaching, life skills classes and advocacy, it offers growth opportunities in employment, education, housing, and community.”
–Gini Mazman, Founder & Executive Director
The Haven Project began full-time operation in November 2012. The program fills a gap in services for young adults without a stable place to live; a population that had previously been underserved.
The Haven Project opened it’s social enterprise, Thousand Hills Café-in January 2016. This café is a critical job training site for our clients.
The Haven Project serves over 160 clients each year and continues to develop programs to meet the growing and complex needs of the homeless young adult population.
HAVEN PROJECT'S 2016 RESULTS
In May of 2015, the Haven Project began a basic job training program in partnership with the Workforce Investment Board. This allowed us to hire a number of Haven clients for part-time paid positions, and to offer them access to a job coach and job skills in addition to the services and case management they receive in the drop in center. We are thrilled to offer this branch of services to our clients, because although we have had great success getting jobs for clients, a myriad of issues related to their unstable housing situation has often made it difficult or impossible for clients to keep those jobs. Our Job Training Program seeks to address this need.
When our Social Enterprise, this Café, was opened the following year, the two goals worked hand-in-hand! Today the Land of a Thousand Hills Café is the main site for our Job Training Program. This Café has been a part of our strategic plan since our inception and we are so grateful and excited to see this dream come to fruition. Check out our Café on Facebook.