New Linen Service To Give Homeless A Hand Up
Getting your restaurant linens cleaned can be a hassle, not to mention expensive. Asking your staff to get in on the action has its own challenges. Chef’s “pinks” anyone?
In MRCA’s hometown, two local entrepreneurs with an eye for giving back to their community have decided there has to be a better way. They’re launching a linen service without any smoke and mirrors or long, painful contracts.
But the truly cool thing about CMNGD Linens is the start-up’s partnership with the Calgary Drop In & Rehap Centre (known locally as ‘The DI’). The plan is to employ homeless people who make up the DI’s client base, providing a living wage, mentoring and job skills.
“We've heard from owners and managers in the hospitality industry and they want a local, simple and reliable service they can count on. We can deliver this and more - all the while doing something amazing for our communities,” says CMNGD co-Founder Dave Cree.
MRCA is supporting CMNGD, providing gear to the organization it can resell to its hospitality clients.
Initially, CMNGD will be using the DI’s laundry facilities at night, but hopes to get its own space and equipment once the model is proven. It is currently negotiating its first contracts and hopes to be hiring its first employees in the next few weeks.
Anyone wanting to support the social enterprise can make a donation through the company’s Alberta Boostr campaign page (think Kickstarter). CMNGD is hoping to raise $10,000 by July 11.