A donation of $100,000 would go towards expanding LakeCity Helpers, an inclusive, multi-service social enterprise staffed by individuals living with mental illness that provides lawn care and home-support services, with a sliding-scale rate for low-income individuals. We have identified service gaps in short-term rental cleaning, move out/move-in cleaning, junk removal, painting/staining, pressure washing, and snow removal. Funding would allow us to scale this initiative both through the numbers of participants engaged and the breadth of activities available. In accordance with our understanding of the additional barriers of intersectionality, we are also committed to proactive outreach to marginalized groups that report additional challenges to securing employment.
We work with individuals living with mental illness, through on-the-job training, employment services tailored for our clients, supported employment, and job coaching. Our clients come from many marginalized groups, including Physically Disabled, Indigenous, African Nova Scotians, Newcomers, and LGBTQ2+.
LakeCity Works supports people living with mental illness to build on their strengths, take on responsibilities, and access work experience, education, and employment. LakeCity Works offers support-based programs and services designed to assist people living with mental illness, based on the belief that employment represents a crucial step in recovery. LakeCity Works was an early adopter in the use of social enterprise to bring innovation, opportunity, and employment to our community.