- Facing Adversity -
We believe that everyone deserves a chance to work.
Paid work is a therapeutic activity that builds and restores self-esteem, and offers a sense of dignity and personal pride that directly correlates to one’s own feelings of usefulness. Moreover, in our society it is effectively impossible to pursue self-advancement opportunities in the absence of an income. The chronically unemployed find it difficult or even impossible to cite a permanent address or a personal telephone number on a résumé, which of course substantially reduces the likelihood of obtaining a job.
Proceeds from Sun Cedar’s retail activities go directly toward an employee Trust, an "Employability Fund" that will support individuals as they reintegrate into the mainstream work force with essential services such as résumé building and the acquisition of legal identification documents, as well as goods such as appropriate clothing for job interviews, and telephones. The Fund will also assist Sun Cedar in weathering the normal ups and downs that face every commercial undertaking and support the company's commitement to paying all employees a living wage. As an occupational springboard, Sun Cedar provides a temporary but stable foundation from which at-risk people can begin the efforts to turn around their lives and make themselves into functional, productive members of society, benefiting themselves and their families. Sun Cedar's model aims to increase the community's social capital and reduce the load on scarce public-assistance resources. We give folks the chance to work, and the encouragement to move forward with their lives, productively