Anishnabeg Outreach is a small indigenous employment agency that gets subsistent funding from federal government through OFIFC (Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres) and through Employment Ontario. Every year we were short about $25,000. Our main purpose is to assist Indigenous people obtain meaningful work as well as newcomers, Ontario Works people and people with disabilities.
As a non for profit and a charity, there was no long term vision or plans of being self sufficient. There was really only funding to get people employed and to keep the proverbial lights on. Anishnabeg Outreach is being fed government fish and what they really want is their own fishing pole in order to feed themselves. The board of directors at Anishnabeg Outreach recently hired a new Executive Director (Stephen) to help build better programs, improve operations and to provide better services to our ‘in need’ clients.
While Anishnabeg Outreach had humble beginnings as an employment agency, Stephen and the board knew there were other opportunities and needs within the community related to our Indigenous children, youth and adults.
Why AO Home?
It’s a story about being our own fishermen/women
Since governments had no funding for programs or services aside from the usual programs … what Stephen decided to do, with the board’s approval, was start fishing for everyone and make them less reliant on subsistent funding. He’d catch enough fish to feed many, while enabling Indigenous people to fish for themselves. Part of the plan, to build the many fishing poles and ultimately a fishing fleet requires a pilot. A window washing company that will evolve into home services (AO Home) is the pilot. The idea behind the window washing company is that profits go back into Anishnabeg Outreach, which will then be distributed towards Indigenous scholarships, employ students and ultimately begin to build the infrastructure for services and programs that help the Indigenous community. We are starting an Indigenous business to support Indigenous issues and with the purpose of raising money for our Indigenous charity as well as build sustainability for future ventures. As a newly formed Indigenous company (AO Home), we created a business to support our own Indigenous people … we are building our own fishing poles and ultimately fishing fleets.
In speaking with a number of people about the idea of building our own poles for our own people, it resonated with non- Indigenous people because this was a way for them to directly support Indigenous people. By simply using AO Home’s services, the profits from the company are sent to Anishnabeg Outreach for the scholarships, student employment and ultimately infrastructure for other community resources that are needed (i.e., Wellness center and child and Family centre) as well as continue to grow AO Home.
How do I participate?
Contact us for a quote. Think about how you want your money used and how it will help set a new direction for Indigenous students and people in the region. Book a time to get your windows cleaned, eaves emptied or driveway power washed!
The work is quality service that is bonded, insured and certified. Oh yeah … and competitively priced!
AO Home Services will be donating 50% of profits to Anishnabeg Outreach so they can deliver more Indigenous programs and scholarships.
Tell your neighbours and pass along the good word. Your recommendation is priceless but prized.
Our goal is take indigenous youth to give them leadership development and enable them to obtain an education that ensures success in whatever path they choose. We want to build our own fishing fleet instead of asking for fish so we can help many and they in turn help one another – as is the Indigenous way.
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