With tax-based dollars shrinking, Evergreen is moving forward creating new revenue streams to help bridge the financial gap. We have several social enterprises that not only raise money for our programs, but also employ individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. With the majority of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities being either unemployed or underemployed, despite their ability and desire to work in the community, these social enterprise programs play a big role in building confidence and providing independence.
Some examples of our Social Enterprise programs are:
Cultural Art Centers:
Several of our Day Centers are home to cultural art studios, where we provide an array of creative opportunities for unique talents to flourish. Better yet, art offers individuals an opportunity to earn money when their art sells – incomes that many with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities would not have had an opportunity to earn otherwise.
If you’re ever passing through Minden, Louisiana – take a detour to go antiquing at Possibilities, Evergreen’s Antique Mall. We employ Evergreen individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to run the store. These individuals earn wages, gain important job skills and have a whole lot of fun helping customers.
HEAVENDROPt provides adults with disabilities with dignity, a sense of purpose and a paycheck for creating jewelry, lanyards, and more out of retired Army parachutes. We hire veterans to run the HEAVENDROPt program and we donate a portion of our profits to veteran organizations. Support individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities AND veterans by purchasing HEAVENDROPt pieces in our online store.
This this art-inspired shop in Alexandria, Louisiana provides employment opportunities along with vocational skill development for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Individuals are paid to make custom wood pieces, paintings, candles, and more.