Project Place operates three ongoing businesses that employ customers who complete the Work Ready program. Customers carry over their learning from the classroom into a job experience for which they receive a regular paycheck. On completion of their three- to six-month placement, they will have gained a work history of excellent attendance and work performance to list on their resumes for their next job searches.

While the income from Social Enterprises contributes to the Project Place budget, the major reason for their implementation is to build each client’s work history. Supervisors write a recommendation for each worker, which is a valuable asset for seeking future employment.

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Project Place currently operates the following businesses:

Clean Corners… Bright Hopes

A facilities maintenance service that provides janitorial and exterior property and facility maintenance services to buildings and neighborhoods throughout the Boston area through fee-for-service contracts. Clients who participate in this program graduate with skills that transfer directly to a variety of industries, including custodial services, facilities maintenance, waste management, and landscaping.

These companies have engaged the services of Clean Corners:

Boston Redevelopment Associated, Boylston Street/Back Bay Neighborhood Association, Chinatown Neighborhood Association, City Year, Cristo Rey School,The Red Sox, New England Holocaust Memorial/Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston University/Kenmore Square, New Market Business District, Peter’s Park, Community Builders, Beacon Hill Neighborhood Association

Project Pepsi

A vending machine service business that delivers snacks and beverages in the Boston area. On the job, clients receive specialized technical skills, customer service training, and a working knowledge of monetary responsibility and accountability.

The following groups have relied on Project Pepsi staff to run their vending machines:

Aberdeen Group, ABM Service,  Ben Franklin Institute of Technology, Cardinal Medeiros Program (Boston YMCA), Federal Management Group, Fresh Pond Apartments,  Goodwill Industries, Hearth House, International Institute, John Hancock Insurance, John Hurley School, Joseph Smith Community Health Center, Mandela Apartments, Massachusetts National Guard (Cambridge),  Miller’s River Apartments, Northgate Condos, Union Square Condos, Webster House

Home Plate

A food preparation and services training program in which participants learn food preparation and catering for corporate and private clients. HOME PLATE employees prepare breakfast and lunch for clients and their guests daily in the Project Place commercial kitchen. While learning to work in the food service industry, clients also develop their customer service and money handling skills.

We are proud to have catered to these organizations:

Bay Cove Human Services, Ben Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston Private Industry Council, Boston Redevelopment Agency, Codman Square Health Center, Massachusetts Shelter & Housing Alliance, New Sector Alliance, Technical Assistance Collaborative, The Boston Foundation, The Community Builders, The Druker Co. Ltd., Urban Edge, Victory Programs

Working Opportunities for Women

A new social enterprise at Project Place offering business services for producers of specialty products: light assembly and production, packaging and labeling, order processing, order fulfillment and sales and marketing. WOW provides women living in shelter with on-the-job skills and experience to change their lives through work.

Our first product partner:

Coop’s Microcreamery, maker of high-end sauces: hot fudge and salted caramel