Work is an essential part of what it means to be a human.
A job is also the single best way to fight poverty. These two realities have formed the foundation for Belay Enterprise 's mission of partnering with the church to create businesses that employ and job train individuals rebuilding lives from addiction, homelessness and prison. Over the past 21 years, Belay has incubated six projects in Colorado that have hired hundreds of individuals. At different points over the years, we have set various goals of incubating x number of businesses in the future. But we increasingly realize that this is not enough. If we are going to positively impact employment rates for disadvantaged communities in Colorado through jobs, we have to engage for-profit entrepreneurs, who are the true engines of job growth in a community. There are many talented entrepreneurs sitting on the sidelines of our churches that if engaged towards these goals could make a much bigger impact employing individuals rebuilding lives from poverty than Belay by itsel