This Christmas Donate to EMBERS and Give the Gift of New Beginnings
L. William's Story
For personal reasons I had been out of the workforce for an extended period of time. I had no network, no support system, no references. I wanted to get back to work but employers were unwilling to even consider me.
How was I supposed to make the transition back into society, and contribute to my community if no one was willing to give me a chance? I didn't want charity, just a chance to prove myself.
Then a friend told me about EMBERS. I met wth their recruitment counsellor who immediately sent me to work as a construction labourer. This was the chance I needed. I was able to earn money, prove myself to prospective employers and regain my self-confidence, all while learning new skills.
I am now working full time for one of the companies that EMBERS connected me with, and am very happy. If it weren't for EMBERS I don't know where I would be today, but I am doubtful that I would be working. EMBERS re-opened doors for me and I am sincerely grateful to them. EMBERS is a blessing to anyone who cannot find employment for a variety of exceptional reasons. EMBERS is a valuable member of our community and has my full endorsement.
EMBERS is not a profit driven or profit focused organization. Its drive and focus is to help individuals with special circumstances to become productive members of the community.
I urge you to donate to EMBERS so that they can continue to help people like me get back to work.
The EMBERS Impact
-More than 700 people with temporary work!
-More than 350 people transitioned into stable or full-time employment!
-More than 300 small businesses started!
-Dozens of weatherization and renovation projects completed!
Donate to EMBERS and Give the Gift of New Beginnings
A donation to EMBERS provides individuals living on low incomes with a hand-up, not a hand-out because we believe that dignity is as important to the human spirit as wealth.
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Eat Some Pizza, Raise Some Dough!
Join us on Wednesday December 14th at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company on Main St when 10% of sales from 5pm to closing will be donated to EMBERS.
Give Great Christmas Gifts AND Support a Great Cause
On December 20th EMBERS is partnering with Ten Thousand Villages. 15% of the day's sales at the Kitsilano location will be directly donated to EMBERS.
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EMBERS Ventures' Grow A Business Progam Now Accepting Clients
The Grow A Business Program provides micro-entrepreneurs with one-on-one business coaching, tailored to meet their unique business and personal needs. If you or someone you know is looking to take a business to the next level you can read more about the program.
EMBERS' Clients Shine at Local Business Competition
Congratulations to EMBERS Graduate Nick Vorstermans of Wood Roots Furniture Design, the Winner of the BCIT's SIFE Lions Lair
Competition. Runner up and third places went to Angel Acosta of The
Director's Cut and to James Moore & Al Roback of Grass Frame Works.
1st Place: Nick Vorstermans, Wood Roots Furniture $2,000 Winner (Build A Business Program Graduate 2011)
2nd Place: Angel Acosta, The Director‘s Cut, $500 (Build A Business Program Graduate 2008)
3rd Place: James Moore & Al Roback, Grass Frame Works (Current Build A Business Program Students)
EMBERS Runners Up:
Ekaterina Ramirez, Energy Match (Build A Business Program 2011)
Elizabeth Vezina - Foundation Interior (Build A Business Program Graduate 2009)