Some Initiatives we are exploring…
Another Chance Employment (ACE) Program
Another Chance Employment (ACE) Program is a program that will work assisting people in recovery and those with past justice system involvement in securing livable wage employment and in maintaining a recovery-based lifestyle of wellness.
We believe that most people in life are in need of second, third, fourth, and fifth chances. We do not believe that poor choices from our past should determine the opportunities in our future for Making a Living and Making a Life – foundations for a good quality of life.
Many people in recovery and returning citizens struggle not only with the availability and opportunities of finding suitable work but with even being considered EMPLOYABLE. This is due much of the time to the stigma associated with addiction and criminal justice involvement. But let’s be honest, it also comes from employers and society as a whole. Mission Mercy is on a mission to change that.
As those of us in recovery know, when living a Lifestyle of Recovery, we become better people – better workers, parents, friends and better citizens. We know recovery works, not only by removing active addiction from our lives but by restoring us back to our communities in every way possible. We know restorative practices work as well in helping restore people to active participation in the community. And when we combine the principles of recovery with restorative practices transformation occurs on a personal, social, community, and economic level. We know from firsthand experience that recovery and restoration are possible spiritually, mentally, physically, occupationally and communally. That is mercy at work and that is how we know mercy works…
Recovery Investment Collective
The Recovery Investment Collective is a conceptual idea of a micro-enterprise loan fund dedicated to creating and providing capital investments for the community we serve for entrepreneurial start-ups.
When given lemons, we make lemonade the old adage goes. When people in recovery and restored citizens can’t find work, why not create work! Recovery and restoration is all about living in and towards solutions rather than staying stuck in the problem. With that in mind, the goal of the Recovery Investment Collective is a micro-enterprise start-up loan fund for people in recovery and restored citizens.
The idea is to invest not only financial capital but recovery capital as well. When up and running, the Recovery Investment Collective will provide small, low interest/no interest loans along with business mentoring and recovery capital development to walk with people as they build small businesses that succeed. Our aim is in creating mission-driven ventures that nurture a Culture of Recovery so that people can strive for success professionally and in long-term sobriety.
It makes good business sense to work concurrently on the “Getting Employment” side of thing and the “Creating Employment” side. We strive to work to create individual as well as societal change. Far too often, when people can’t find work or create work, they return to the “addictive economy’ (the lifestyle and marketplace of active using). If people in recovery and returning citizens can’t find work in the ‘legal’ economy, then in order to survive people will do anything to make money and that usually means doing illegal things. It is vital we provide support for long-term sobriety by recognizing the vital need for good work and an economy of recovery.
Recovery Investment Collective will seek to combine existing “best practices” micro-enterprise models with integrating a Culture of Recovery into the business development. In combining capital investments, mentoring and training from the business side and the recovery side, we seek to build a portfolio of sustainable, healthy, recovery filled small enterprises that could change the face of business.
Check out 10 Entrepreneurs Who Became Successful in Recovery as a taste of how people in recovery can become entrepreneurs.