We are eager to hear about your interest in getting involved with REDF’s SoCal Initiatives!
As you may know, REDF’s work is focused exclusively on employment social enterprises as defined by:
Mission-driven, revenue-generating businesses that sell products or services in the competitive marketplace and employ people striving to overcome high unemployment barriers, providing paying, transitional jobs, and on-the-job training so their employees earn an income while they implement what they’ve learned in real time—building skills, confidence, and a work history.
In addition to a paying job and hard and soft skills training, supportive services are an essential part of this model. Housing assistance and counseling, for example, help employees stabilize their lives. When employees are ready, social enterprises help them find good jobs and provide continuing support to help them stay employed.
The primary characteristics are that the enterprise (1) sells a product or service, (2) employs people facing barriers to employment listed below, and (3) pays wages to the people that they employ.
REDF supports ESEs that employ people who are striving to overcome experiences such as:
- Justice system involvement
- Mental illness and addiction
- Refugee status
- Domestic violence and/or trafficking
- Disconnection from school/work for those under 25
Please note that if you are interested in our SoCal Regional TA Program, you must first review the information page before filling out this form.