When people come from homelessness into stable housing, they have the shelter, security and time to begin dreaming of next steps. Sometimes that next step is a desire to return to work. ReNew Crew was designed to immediately place program participants into employment opportunities with few barriers. It mirrors the Housing First and harm reduction practices used by Anawim Housing agency wide. Individuals with a desire to work are placed directly into the the social enterprise program and are supported in remaining employed.
ReNew Crew employees provide unit cleaning, painting, grounds keeping and light maintenance. ReNew Crew is filling a gap in the market place, but most importantly helping participants through employment. Individuals who have long been unemployed are able to increase income, gain skills, create structure and purpose, and develop support networks.