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Employ to Empower

(Executive Director and FASS alumnus Christina Wong)

Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) is one of the top five poorest postal codes in Canada. Currently, non-profits are tackling poverty with a short-term approach, such as providing handouts or donations. While this is important, it can cause an unsustainable cycle of poverty that’s difficult to break.

Employ to Empower (ETE) is keen to break the cycle and significantly reduce homelessness by providing long-term and meaningful employment. ETE focuses on a holistic approach and acts as a resource navigator and mentor for
our clients. We prioritize meeting our clients where they are and ensuring they are supported in all aspects of their lives prior to introducing employment. We also provide seven soft skills workshops to equip them for the workforce.

As of January 2019, we are in the early stages of exploring a secondary program stream for Employ to Empower: Microfinance. This idea was inspired by an art exhibition we successfully hosted for Marcel Mousseau, a local DTES entrepreneur who makes dream catchers, carvings and paintings.

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