Thursday, October 7, 2010

Faith Venture North: Masterworks of Minneapolis

Innovative faith venture Masterworks of Minneapolis operates three redemptive employment businesses for individuals with significant barriers to employment: an assembly, manufacturing and packaging business, an auto maintenance enterprise, and a construction company.

Masterworks also provides an intriguing and unique organization history as a non-profit that has over time transitioned into both a for-profit and non-profit entity as detailed on their web site:

Masterworks was founded in 1991 with a vision to hire those who for varied reasons have significant barriers to employment. These barriers include homelessness, felony records, addictions and chronic unemployment, often in combination. Our founder, Tim Glader, is a businessman and entrepreneur whose commitment to Jesus Christ brought about this compassionate and strategic venture. Through the years, God has brought hundreds of inner-city residents through our doors.

For its first 15 years, Masterworks was primarily a self-sustaining ministry, deriving 95% of its operating funds from business profits. In January 2006, Masterworks divided its ministries into two entities. One branch became a for-profit venture with locations in Little Canada, Minnesota, and Vermillion, South Dakota. All profits from this branch are donated to our on-going non-profit entity.

The non-profit branch, Masterworks of Minneapolis, continues to build on its history of offering full-time employment to program participants, deriving a significant portion of our operating income by doing real work in the marketplace.

Masterworks of Minnesota is located in the Elliot Park neighborhood at 1121 Seventh Street South. For more information, visit their web site or call 612-338-3468.

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