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While the economy is improving and more people are getting jobs, many Americans are still left out. This was starkly evident as REDF toured the social enterprises it is working with in cities across the country. These enterprises are giving a chance to men and women who are overcoming barriers to employment like past incarceration, addiction, homelessness, and lives consumed by gangs and violence. While eager and able to work, these individuals are denied the chance at self-determination so many of us enjoy. How can you help? Purchase products from the REDF Gift Guide, and support the social enterprise movement. These products offer us a better bargain than we can get anywhere else—a ‘two for one’ purchase of a gift that is personally gratifying, while also directly and intentionally improving the lives of individuals, communities, and society at large. Support the social enterprise movement by purchasing gifts like beautifully-designed and wrapped beeswax candles from the Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz, and durable wood cutting boards from UTEC in Massachusetts. Support women who are transforming their lives and their futures by creating and selling beautiful jewelry from Rebel Nell in Detroit and well-made candles from Bright Endeavors in Chicago. Find inner peace with the best meditation pillows from Infinitely Simple in Denver. Treat your senses with bath and body products from Thistle Farms in Nashville. With so many beautiful gifts to choose from, doing good has never been easier.
Onward, Carla Javits REDF President and CEO @cjavitsredf
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