Social Enterprise

Work has always been understood as a basic human need, and not only an economic necessity. It is part of the ‘beautiful witness’ of the Mission to restore this sense of work as part of the art and poetry of being human.

St. John's Bakery
In this sense, it is counter-cultural, and bread making, as hard as it is, best suits this witness. St. John’s Bakery is the responsibility of the Sobor which through the Cellarer, or anyone else the Sobor elects, reports to the Board of Directors. The Bakery needs to keep a healthy balance between meeting its own expenses and its ‘social mandate‘ to help and integrate marginalized people. The Bakery must be integrated into the life of the Mission. The Bakery must be animated by the same spirit of humility and community as the Mission. The Bakery must not grow more than the Mission community can sustain. People working in the Bakery must be there with the approval of the Sobor, or the appointed members of the Sobor. Before being hired a person needs to have spent a minimum of one day in the apostolate of the Mission.

St. John's Thrift Store
St. John’s Thrift Store shares with the Bakery a common understanding of the value of work as a basic human need. Like the Bakery, it is run as a social enterprise. Although both require a certain degree of professionalism in their operation, persons, not profit, are the heart of both. The Thrift Store offers job training opportunities in the retail trade. It also offers to those with low incomes the possibilities of buying quality items at modest prices. It also offers direct contact with the Mission for its customers and volunteers. The day-to-day running of the Thrift Store is under the supervision of the Prior, who reports to, and consults with, the Cellarer on the financial and other material concerns of the Thrift Store.

St. John the Compassionate Mission was one of the very first non-profit organization to adopt the social enterprise business model. It is also one of the most successful social enterprises in Canada.

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