Southridge Jam Co.
We believe that to be happy and healthy a person needs a home, a friend and a purpose.
The Southridge Jam Company is a social enterprise created around these ideals. We offer men and women who have experienced homelessness an opportunity to develop job skills while producing delicious jams and jellies. Southridge’s involvement in the community has helped us forge effective partnerships with local farms, allowing us to repurpose quality fruit that would have been wasted due to cosmetic or size imperfections. These mutually beneficial partnerships help to both promote Niagara produce, as well as keep our overhead costs low. With the guidance of our Red Seal Chef, Cam Block, program participants use this fresh fruit to produce delicious jams and jellies. Program participants help throughout the various stages of production and sales, so that they can explore and develop their God-given abilities. The Southridge Jam Company will largely sell online, as well as to local businesses and at craft shows and farmers markets.
As a social enterprise, Southridge Jam Company was born out of the effort to meet all three aspects of what it takes to live a happy and healthy life. Through our 40-bed homeless shelter in St. Catharines, the Southridge Shelter has been meeting the needs of home and friendship since 2005, providing temporary emergency housing to more than 800 homeless men and women facing crisis each year. Lives are transformed as staff and volunteers journey alongside people in their transition from the shelter. The Southridge Jam Company further broadens the impact of Southridge Shelter by providing a sense of purpose to its participants, generating stability and positive momentum as they transition out of homelessness. By using cosmetically imperfect fruit and turning it into tasty jams and jellies, program participants internalize that they have value and can contribute despite their struggles.
“The journey from the streets to gainful employment is often a very long and lonely road. The Southridge Jam Company is here to support people as they move forward in this journey and help them stay off the streets for good.”
Tim Arnold, Outreach Director: Southridge Church