Tackling an 80% unemployment rate for adults with disabilities, ROSIES creates sustainable and purpose-driven employment opportunities for these individuals through training and entrepreneurship.
In 2014, I founded ROSIES Foundation, aptly named after my grandmother Rose, the person who taught me to believe in everyone’s potential. Tackling an 80% unemployment rate for adults with disabilities, ROSIES (which stands for Removing Obstacles, Supporting Innovation, Empowerment and Sustainability) creates sustainable and purpose-driven employment opportunities for these individuals through training and entrepreneurship.
Employees-in-training participate in our comprehensive training program, CREW (Collaborative, Respected, Empowered Workers) College, which prepares them for success in the workplace. This training is followed by support into employment at accessible, market-wage jobs created by ROSIES (which we call 4Purpose Ventures) or one of our community partners.
4Purpose Ventures provide ROSIES participants with practical job experience tailor-made to their individual strengths. Moreover, we want our employees to build relationships with their local communities and create meaningful consumer experiences to keep people coming back. The mission is to supply people with disabilities and their families with the practical tools to build a more secure and meaningful future. Ultimately, ROSIES wants to shift the paradigm from accommodating those with disabilities to empowering those with diverse abilities.
And now, our first CREW cohort has completed their training and they’re ready to jump into the first ROSIES venture: the POP Bus, a mobile dessert experience selling frozen treats to the community. We have the bus, but we need YOU to invest in us to get our wheels moving— please consider supporting our crowdfunding campaign.