My name is Warren Bowes, I have started a company called Thessal designed to provide paid employment opportunities for homeless people. I'm looking for some start up capital to help with the cost of tools, equipment and other associated costs.
More about the company
Thessal community interest company is a social enterprise for the benefit of homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.
We operate as a not for profit organisation, we have no shareholders benefiting from dividends, the profits are invested back into the business to increase employment opportunities for the homeless people in our community. We have also made the commitment to donate 10% of our surplus back to the homelessness charities that run the back to work programmes that feed into Thessal.
Inspired by the Bible verses in 1 Thessalonians and Galatians – “Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.” And, “Only, they asked me to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.”
Thessal’s aim is to provide opportunities for those in most need to get in to work and sustain a job. To help homeless people and those at risk of homelessness to build the experience, skills, qualifications and work ethic needed to be successful in their desired career path, allowing them to sustain ongoing employment and break free from the risk and cycle of homelessness.
How do we do this?
Our aim is to provide employment for all homeless people who are referred to us through partnerships with local homelessness charities. We know that we can’t shoehorn everyone into one type of job, so we want to build new positions based on the aspirations and desired career paths of the homeless people coming to us.
This means we will seek out new ideas, starting up different business ventures to ensure we have opportunities for all.
Currently we provide a grounds maintenance service for commercial and private clients. This is a great entry level position for those who have been out of employment for a while, but also provides an excellent opportunity to gain qualification and certificates in specialised areas to enable the participants to secure future permanent employment.
Though we aim to grow our grounds maintenance service to be one of the best in the area, we will move in to other areas as the opportunities arise, Construction, Food and Drink, Retail, Leisure and Recreation.
There is no limit to how Thessal may grow.
Our values are based around the phrase Right to work
- We believe that it is right for a person to work for a living, 1Thessalonians 4:11-12 says that we should “mind our own affairs, work with our hands and be dependent on no one”. We believe we can help those that work for us live their lives without the need for handouts, putting to an end a lifestyle of begging.
- We believe that people have the right to work, regardless of how they are living. If a homeless person is willing to work they should not be ruled out because of their housing situation.
- We believe that to enjoy and sustain employment, people should be in the right type of work. By looking for new business ventures based on the desires and aspirations of the homeless people we are helping, we hope to grow the business to provide many options and opportunities to ensure that our homeless employees can be successful in the career path that suits them.
- Thessal will do work right, we follow best practice and British standards guidelines into work we do. All of our Homeless staff will be trained and supported by permanent team leaders ensuring that work is done correctly and well so that both our customers and the employees are getting the most from the experience.
- For our customers we will be right to work, operating as a company with a social purpose underpinned by good commercial practices, Thessal will be a competitive company offering good value for money and a high quality service. Just because our organisation devotes resources and time in supporting homeless people doesn’t mean that customers will receive a lower level of service than they would expect
We believe that God is Good and is concerned for us. We want to share Gods love and concern by helping the poorest in our society.