The vision for UGM Social Enterprise is to restore dignity and create opportunity by offering training and work opportunities to community members while generating revenue to grow UGM’s life-changing programs.
Social enterprise is the production and/or selling of goods and services for the purposes of generating earned income and achieving social aims. UGM’s Social Enterprise team achieves these purposes in three key ways:
- By being a community resource, providing affordable or free goods and services in a socially inclusive environment.
- By being a training ground to provide improved income and job readiness.
- By being a profit centre to create revenue for further program or social enterprise growth.
UGM’s Social Enterprises
UGM Thrift Store
A thrift store with great finds and even greater impact. In addition to providing a low-cost place for community members to shop, the UGM Thrift Store also acts as our donation distribution centre and offers internship programs!
A fashion collective with a carefully curated artisan collection. We sell home décor, gifts and quality brand name fashions and accessories. All revenue goes back into UGM services.
Repair to Wear
Repair to Wear employs participants to repair and upcycle donated, damaged clothing. We help women rebuild their lives by providing job skills, income and a supportive community.
My little girl is my motivation to work and stay sober!! Working as an intern at the UGM Thrift Store was an amazing experience. I learned Job Skills, patience, organizational skills and how to work with customers with all different types of needs. I loved Working at the Thrift Store and I miss it so much!
The Thrift Store was my first step in getting into the work force. I am now employed and Thriving! Thank You UGM!