Project Place operates three ongoing businesses that temporarily employ clients who complete the Work Ready and Industry Internship programs. Clients carry over their learning from the classroom and fieldwork from industry training to a real job setting for which they receive a regular paycheck. On completion of their three- to six-month employment, they will have gained a reputable work history and a meaningful work performance to list on their resumes for their next job search.

Each client is able to build a solid work history to launch their career off of. Supervisors write a recommendation for each worker, which is a valuable asset for seeking future employment. In addition, income generated from the Social Enterprises contributes to the Project Place budget, allowing the enterprises to be a partially self-sufficient set of programs. This ensures that, overall, they are more sustainable.

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Clean Corners…Bright Hopes

Clean Corners…Bright Hopes (CCBH) is a facilities maintenance and landscaping enterprise that provides beautification, 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

LEAP

Expanding off of its predecessor, Project Pepsi, the Logistics Enterprise Apprenticeship Program (LEAP) is a vending machine service business that hires loaders and drivers to deliver vending products throughout Boston. On the job, clients receive specialized skills in relevant technology and software, customer service training, and a working knowledge of monetary responsibility and accountability. Participants of LEAP are prepared for careers in the logistics industry; transportation, warehousing, construction, etc.

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

Working Opportunities for Women

WOW is a social enterprise at Project Place offering business services for producers of specialty products. WOW employs women to perform light assembly and production, packaging and labeling, order processing, order fulfillment, and sales and marketing to local businesses seeking to expand their operations. In return, women receive hands-on skill development and relevant industry experience. Historically participating less then their male counterparts, WOW is built to help homeless women, particularly mothers, learn to balance work and life obligations, secure their personal safety, and change their lives through work. Visit www.WowMarket.org to learn more and view our products.

Our current product partner:

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

Home Plate

In conjunction with Working Opportunities for Women, Home Plate is a food preparation training program where participants provide food and catering services for corporate and private clients. Additionally, Home Plate employees prepare daily meals for clients and guests out of the Project Place commercial kitchen. Through preparing for a career in the food service industry, employees 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