Every Friday The Foundry Home Goods contributes 5% of our total sales to a different community-nominated small-and-mighty cause. This Friday's Foundry Giving Friday recipient? All Square!
All Square is:
a) a Minneapolis-based non-profit that invests in those impacted by mass incarceration through entrepreneurial fellowships
b) launching an ingenious prison-to-law pipeline & law firm
c) a craft grilled cheese restaurant
d) all of the above
THE ANSWER IS D! This amazing "social enterprise" recognizes the barriers to success that formerly incarcerated people/those impacted by the criminal justice system face in order to flourish as leaders, business owners, and legal practitioners.
a) Their entrepreneurial fellowships are year-long curriculums customized to each individual’s level of education, experience, and interests. Fellowships includes three core offerings: full-time employment in their restaurant, a 3-month business course, and individual & family therapy (for those who want it).
b) Through their groundbreaking (and just, like, jaw-droppingly brilliant/how is this not a thing already) "Prison-To-Law Pipeline", the first-ever cohort of currently incarcerated legal scholars are working towards getting ABA accredited JD and Paralegal degrees and a dedicated law firm and "reentry clinic" are being established in support of the graduates. SO GOOD. Read this "excerpt from an expert" for a super detailed deep dive into the greatness.
c) GRILLED CHEESE.
d) We are 100% here for All Square's all of the above.
If you don't need anything from us, please consider donating directly to All Square here. If you do find yourself in need of a new cult-favorite lip balm or a cake plate shaped like a lily pad, duh, know that your purchase goes to support good change happening on the community level.
Thanks to Val for the nomination.
If YOU have a worthy cause to nominate for our Foundry Giving Friday initiative, pop on over to our Nomination Page and drop us a line. We're all in this together.