The Abundance Store

EFMNS works to break the cycles that lead to criminalization by offering critical supports for transitional housing, programming both in jail and in the community to help develop essential life skills, and a range of court navigation services to provide underserved communities with the access to justice they deserve. ElevateHER provides individual and group mental health support services to those who identify as women and their families. In coordination with ElevateHER, EFMNS plans to expand The Abundance Store, an employment equity initiative designed to address gender-based poverty. The Abundance Store will grow to include an online store in addition to the existing storefront. The Abundance Store employs individuals with criminal records, a population that is historically disadvantaged in the labour market. Employees will be offered workshops and opportunities to gain professional experience such as resume-building and interviewing skills and enhance employment skills as they are supported on their journeys to economic security.

Grant amount: $75,000