New Moms is a Chicago-based organization offering housing, job training and family support to help young moms overcome poverty and homelessness. Integral to their work is their social enterprise, a candle-making business called Bright Endeavors which provides transitional job training and professional skills development. It’s not an easy mission but somehow they’re getting it done.
Welcome to In the Business of Change, where we speak with social entrepreneurs impacting their communities and the world. I’m your host Elisa Birnbaum publisher and editor-in-chief of SEE Change Magazine.
On today’s episode we speak with the President and CEO of New Moms and Bright Endeavors, Laura Zumdahl. In our conversation Laura recounts the history of New Moms and what prompted the long-standing organization to add a social enterprise to their already robust programming. We discuss the impact that the venture has had so far on the lives of young moms in Chicago. Laura then shares the challenges of balancing an inspired social mission with financial sustainability – and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
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