Helping give people a lift to work

Since its founding in 1992, Mission Possible has transformed lives in the DTES by helping people navigate their journey to meaningful employment. MP walks alongside people facing barriers to employment by providing supportive, transitional work experience and community for those who are ready to enter the workforce. MP’s Employment Readiness Program helps individuals acquire employable skills, on-the-job work experience and support with other employment-related tasks. Through MP Maintenance, a full-service exterior property cleaning company, participants have the opportunity to develop their income earning abilities in landscape maintenance, pressure washing, window washing, graffiti removal, awning cleaning, painting and site clean up. With a growing demand for both their programs and services, one of the challenges Mission Possible continually faces is a shortage of the work vehicles needed to transport more employees and equipment to more job sites.

This year, Central City Foundation stepped up with a significant grant to sponsor the purchase of an additional MP work truck. In doing so, Central City Foundation donors helped MP Maintenance social enterprise take on a growing number of work contracts and helped achieve their goal of assisting 118 people in the DTES move into transitional employment.

Mission Possible has been experiencing incredible growth in the number of people wanting to join our Employment Readiness Program. We are working hard to keep up with the demand. With every additional vehicle we are able to expand our capacity and provide more employment opportunities for those looking for a fresh start. Vehicles are at the core of our operations, and allow us to work towards our mission of empowering individuals to achieve a renewed sense of dignity and purpose through meaningful work.”

Matthew Smedley, Executive Director, Mission Possible