Employment Options receives grant to expand catering training program


Marlborough – Employment Options, a mental health workforce recovery agency, has received a $78,000 grant from The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts to expand its social enterprise, Catering Options. Catering Options provides culinary training and part-time employment for the members, while also generating revenue to help fund the full range of supports provided by Employment Options.

“We continue to seek ways to improve the overall health and well being of our members through multiple pathways including employment. We also know our organization exists because of our philanthropic partners in the region. As we expand and become more self-supporting through our social enterprise organizations, the commitment from The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts has made the efforts more likely,” noted Executive Director Toni Wolf. “Expanding our outreach through workforce development, community services and individual casework requires a financial commitment that the federal, state and local government does not meet. We appreciate philanthropic organizations like The Health Foundation who are responding by helping to fill that growing gap.”

“The goal of the foundation’s Activation Fund is to enable a nonprofit to move to a higher level of capacity and to then continue to function at that higher level after the grant ends,” explained Dr. Jan Yost, foundation president and CEO. “The one-year grant will enable Catering Options to expand its training and job placement mission and to increase and diversify Employment Options’ sources of financial support.”

Employment Options’ mission is to empower individuals in recovery to thrive in their community. For more information, visit www.employmentoptions.org.

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