Social Enterprise is defined as a self-sustaining entity: a business with the core purpose of creating social or environmental impact.
At Metropolitan Ministries, our social enterprises must include these 4 pillars of success (or we won’t do them):
- Align with our mission of alleviating suffering, promoting dignity, and instilling self-sufficiency
- Educate and train our clients or partners
- Involve citizens in understanding and caring for their disadvantaged neighbors
- Be self-sustaining and generate revenue to support our programs
Our Social Enterprises
Inside the Box
Inside the Box is a café and catering business with a twist. Aside from serving delicious food, we provide culinary arts education and hands-on vocational training to men and women transitioning out of homelessness.
Dough Nation brings together the trendy dessert concept of raw edible cookie dough and doing good for your community. It also serves as a training platform for the students of the Metropolitan Ministries culinary program.
The Metropolitan Ministries Training Institute educates and coaches organizations in Trauma Inform Care, Compassion Fatigue, De-escalation, and other ministries’ best practices to non-profits throughout the US.
Our Thrift Store serves the Tampa Bay community. We provide clothing, furniture, and many other items to homeless and low-income families. Items sold at our store supports our mission.
We offer off-campus supportive housing to serve as a stepping stone for families who graduate from our self-sufficiency program as well as other families in need — as a way to foster independent living and home ownership.