Stella's Circle: Hope Lives Here (2012)

Presentation at the Fall Institute 2012, Saint John, NB – October 14 – 16, 2012

This presentation explains how a social services agency in St. John’s, Newfoundland, is using social enterprise to provide education and training to men and women who have significant barriers to employment. Stella’s Circle refers to the programs offered by Stella Burry Community Services, named for a pioneering social worker in Newfoundland.

The project described here offers training and personal development, combined with employment in cleaning and maintenance, as a trades helper, or in a café and catering service. The premise is that this model can fill labour market shortages and, at the same time, secure employment for adults previously excluded from the labour force.

The presentation was part of the program for the Centre for Literacy’s Fall Institute 2012, held in Saint John, New Brunswick. The centre supports best practices and informed policy development in literacy and essential skills by creating bridges between research, policy and practice.

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