What’s your business?
Mission Possible is a non-profit organization in Vancouver, BC, helping people challenged by homelessness and poverty renew a sense of dignity and purpose through meaningful work and creating jobs that lead to lasting change.
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Best secret or least known fact about your neighbourhood?
There is an untapped human potential that goes undetected amongst the poor and homeless in our cities. Most people see communities like Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside as overly challenged. While true in many respects, these communities are often equally under-challenged. People simply lack available opportunities.
Why did you start your business?
Mission Possible’s vision is to create meaningful jobs and provide opportunities for people challenged by homelessness and poverty. Everybody needs something that gets them out of bed in the morning—a sense of purpose for their day and by providing opportunities for people to engage in paid as well as unpaid work, we discovered that it is a myth that people challenged by homelessness and poverty lack desire to work. Mission Possible creates jobs that are flexible and supportive; we provide a context for self-learning and confidence building and believe a paycheque is a bridge to stability.
What did you study in school? What schooling or experience has most impacted how you run your business?
I received my MA in Theology from the Nazarene Theological Seminary. As for the entrepreneurial side of things…I think it’s in my blood. You just either know how to do it or you don’t—to get out and hustle.
What inspires you to keep moving forward with your business?
Every time one of our employees moves through the program and finds permanent employment elsewhere, each day we hear people are excited to come and work at Mission Possible, every time we discover a life is transformed because of Mission Possible’s support, for all of these reasons, we are motivated to continue to create opportunities.
You are excited about the future because…
I see hope in the Downtown Eastside. Lives are transforming and I’m excited to be a part of it.