One Cup at a Time employment training program & social enterprise

One Cup at a Time is a employment training program within a fully operating social enterprise cafe located in downtown Kelowna that trains and reconnects people to the workforce who were otherwise removed as a result of their disability, mental illness, or other self-identified barrier to employment.

The program consists of 6 months of employment readiness and skill development, industry certification, and paid hands-on café employment.  Participants develop a range of skills related to the food-service industry including but not limited to, customer service, point of sale (POS), and barista training.  Participants will also receive the following service industry recognized certifications: 

  • Occupational First-Aid Level 1
  • WHMIS 2005
  • Food Safe Level 1
  • World Host
  • Serving It Right

What is a social enterprise?

"A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximizing profits for external shareholders" - Wikipedia

Quick Points

  • Any adult experiencing barriers to employment as a result of disability
  • Ineligible for Employment Insurance
  • Motivated to become employed in the food service industry
  • Reasonable communication/comprehension skills
  • Capable of meeting the physical demands of barista work (i.e. standing/sitting for extending periods of time and able to life 25 lbs)
  • Can commit to the whole 6-month program
Referral We accept referrals from community agencies and self-referrals from any individual 
When: We try to run the program once a year.  We're planning to have the next start Fall 2016.  Please complete the referral below to get yourself connected to the next One Cup at a Time orientation.

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Referral Form

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Contact Information

Andrea Sage
1440 St. Paul Street, Kelowna BC
Ph. 250-317-9864, Fax. 250-763-1483

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