WHAT IS THE GROUND WORKS MISSION?
GroundWorks Landscaping is a business supporting personal and community transformation through economic empowerment. GroundWorks operates a quality landscape company providing socially and environmentally responsible services with profits dedicated to creating career pathways toward self-sufficiency.
WHAT IS HOPEWORKS?
HopeWorks Social Enterprises is an affiliate of Housing Hope and was launched in January 2011 to produce and develop career pathways for homeless and very low income individuals in Snohomish County. In particular, the organization targets individuals who now have a stable, affordable place to live through housing programs created in the County. The HopeWorks model is to establish social enterprise businesses embedded with training and skill building designed to produce income progression over time.
WHAT IS HOUSING HOPE?
Housing Hope promotes and provides a continuum of safe, decent, affordable housing and necessary related services for very low and low income residents of Snohomish County and Camano Island. The continuum of housing ranges from emergency shelter, transitional housing, affordable-rent units and homeownership opportunities. These housing opportunities offers are enriched with services – intensive case management, education, employment preparation and life skills training through our College of Hope program – along with expectations to ensure that residents will become and remain self-sufficient when they move on. HopeWorks is the job training branch of Housing Hope. Once residents are stable HopeWorks offers them the opportunity to learn job skills that will allow them to get an entry level job with career pathways to a living wage job.
WHO ARE THE GROUND WORKS TRAINEES?
The majority of GroundWorks’ clients come through the Housing Hope programs. They gain direct experience in the landscaping industry – skills which will allow them to find entry level jobs in Snohomish County which have career pathways.
WHAT OTHER SOCIAL ENTERPRISES DOES HOPEWORKS MANAGE?
ReNewWorks Home and Decor Store is HopeWorks’ third social enterprise. It is an upscale home decor and furniture consignment store that teaches interns customer service, inventory management, social media and online marketing.