Denver-based Women’s Bean Project is a social enterprise that offers a transitional job in gourmet food manufacturing designed to provide immediate income, arrange support services to overcome barriers to employment, and teach the job readiness skills needed to get and keep a job. This social enterprise was started by a woman named Jossy Eyre who volunteered at a day shelter for homeless women. She saw that the shelter kept women safe but did not provide the necessary things to make a lasting and more sustainable change in their lives. Eyre took it upon herself to buy $500 worth of beans and put two homeless women to work, becoming the first step to the eventual social enterprise that Women’s Bean is today.
Women’s Bean Project works primarily with homeless and at risk women looking to better their lives. They have helped hundreds of women develop the work and interpersonal skills and address the basic needs required for moving up the path toward personal and economic self sufficiency.
They also assemble killer soups, chilis and other mixes.
Want a solid variety pack? A popular redeemer is the Six Soup Bundle, an assortment of Toni’s 10 Bean Soup, Firehouse Chili #10, Marian’s Black Bean Soup, Sarah’s Spicy Split Pea Soup, Old Fashioned Chili and Certified Organic Six Bean Soup packaged in a kraft paper box, shrink wrapped and tied with a signature Bean Project ribbon.
Learn more about Women’s Bean Project and their products by visiting http://www.helpinghandrewards.org/partners_wbp.html