About Common Ground Co-operative
Since 2000, Common Ground Co-operative (CGC) has been creating social enterprise opportunities for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. As an award winning, non-profit co-operative service organization we continue to promote the inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities in empowered workplace environments.
Our organization provides administrative, operational services and educational training that give adults with developmental disabilities an opportunity to earn an income while working co-operatively within their own community. We also provide a Skills and Job Training Program (called the Foundations Program) for individuals who are interested in gaining skills, knowledge and experience towards full or part-time employment literacy training.
Clients, whom we call Partners, earn an income running five Social Enterprises as business partnerships. They are legally registered, non-share capital business partnerships which operate on a profit-sharing payment structure. The day-to-day operations of the partnerships are made possible with the support of Job Coaches who provide an effective learning environment by working alongside the partners, allowing them to develop and utilize their personal and professional skills and strengthen the development of the businesses.
Common Ground Co-operative supports these small businesses with the support of community members and volunteers and, through fund-raising, consulting, networking and service agreements.
Explore our website to find out how you can support Common Ground Co-operative by contributing to our organization or to find out how you can do business with one of the Social Enterprises that we support.