July 27, 2013: News from the Neighbourhood Resource Centre
The WestEnd Commons Neighbourhood Resource Centre is becoming a Social Enterprise.
Social Enterprises are revenue-generating businesses with a difference. Whether operated by a non-profit organization or by a for-profit company, a social enterprise has two goals:
(1) to achieve social, cultural, and community economic or environmental outcomes; and,
(2) to earn revenue.
In order to keep the Neighbourhood Resource Centre (NRC) operating and accessible for the neighbourhood it needs to become self-sustaining. Creating a social enterprise is seen by the St. Matthews Non Profit Housing (SMNPH) Board as the best way to balance the goal of providing well maintained rental space for the community residents and organizations while ensuring financial viability.
For the WestEnd Commons this means that the product we have to sell, or in our case rent, is the space in the NRC: the commercial kitchen, a large assembly hall, meeting rooms, and office space. The monies generated from the rentals will be used to sustain the NRC in areas such as costs related to staffing, utilities and maintenance.
The goal of the WestEnd Commons Social Enterprise is to operate a welcoming and inclusive Neighbourhood Resource Centre (NRC) that is a well-used and provides safe and affordable programming as well as meeting and office space for neighbourhood families and organizations in West Central Winnipeg.