CDS Social Enterprise Businesses

CDS Businesses / Social Enterprises

The CDS social enterprises are small businesses with a social objective. The value of these social enterprises reaches far beyond the individuals who work within the businesses.

What is a Social Enterprise?

The CDS social enterprises are small businesses with a social objective. The social objective is to provide pre-employment training to individuals who require work experience before applying for work through the traditional business process and to provide meaningful employment to individuals with significant barriers. Participants in our social enterprises benefit in many ways from their employment, from connecting to networks in the community, to building skills in a job that they choose to do.

Some of the businesses are revenue generating, whereby any profit or surplus is reinvested back into the business or shared with the programs that support individuals rather than being driven by the need to deliver profit to shareholders and owners.

The value of these social enterprises reaches far beyond the individuals who work within the businesses. Many of the jobs are out in the community which is helping to change community perceptions and promote inclusion for individuals with significant barriers to traditional employment. The community as a whole also reaps the rewards through a stronger workforce, a more engaged population with strong ties to the community which decreases poverty, crime and other socio-economic issues.

CDS Social Enterprise Business Participants

Social Enterprise Businesses Operated By CDS

CDS Outdoor Landscaping & Snow Removal Business

CDS Outdoor Landscaping/Snow Removal

Since 1989 CDS has held a contract with the City of Trail to provide a work crew of up to 16 people hired to assist the City Works department.

GYRO and Haley Park Concessions

GYRO/Haley Park Concessions

CDS has operated the GYRO & Haley Park concessions each year since 2001 from May through September whereby approximately 20+ individuals are hired and trained.

Thrifty Treasures Thrift Store

Thrifty Treasures Thrift Store

The Thrifty Treasures Thrift Store has been operated by CDS since 2005. This site supports approximately 12 individuals to build their skills and self-confidence.

Secure Shred

Secure Shred

The very first social enterprise started by CDS was Secure Shred which was an employment creation initiative that provided two individuals the ability to earn a training and skills.

CDS Property Maintenance Business

Property Maintenance

CDS works with local and out of town landlords to provide support, maintenance and repairs for over 90 combined rental properties in the Trail, BC area.

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