"Nothing will work unless you do."
Sun Cedar is a non-profit manufacturing organization that inspires and empowers at-risk members of the community—the homeless, felons, recovering addicts etc.—in a continuing effort to provide them a sense of purpose and restore their fundamental human dignity by offering them meaningful paid employment.
We employ people in transition, such as homeless persons, individuals with past felony convictions, recovering addicts and members of work-training rehabilitation programs. All revenue in excess of normal operating expenses goes directly toward an employee Trust, an "Employability" Fund that will support individuals as they reintegrate into the mainstream work force with services such as resume building and the acquisition of legal identification documents, as well as goods such as appropriate clothing for job interviews, and telephones (and other bandwidth-dependent devices increasingly necessary in modern society.)
Giving a person the opportunity to work gives that person the opportunity to become whole. This is of the utmost importance for one’s sense of self-worth and functional contribution to society as a whole. Starting life over is not easy, especially when one’s options are already severely limited by homelessness or a criminal record. Both of these things can be incapacitating obstacles that severely limit one’s access to the basic resources that many of us take for granted. A sense of dignity and personal pride directly correlates to one’s own feelings of usefulness. Sun Cedar provides a stable foundation from which at-risk people can begin the efforts to turn around their lives. We employ clean and sober* folks who need a chance to get started working.
We keep our overhead low, so we can pay our employees what they deserve and need to take care of their basic needs.
Earning at least double the national minimum wage, our workers can afford to pay for basic essentials to get on their feet: Interview clothes, résumé printing, telephone equipment and service, and transportation.
Many of our employees have previous financial woes, so getting started with a bank account, and rebuilding credit while paying outstanding bills is a trial.
We help those we employ make a plan, and stick to it financially. We don't propose Sun Cedar as a long-term career, rather we are a start on the path of transition back to the mainstream economy.
With the money they earn working at Sun Cedar, our employees have a chance to pull themselves out from under the oppressive burdens they often face when starting over.
(*All employees, including managers submit drug tests)