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Using the Power of Business to Create Lasting Change

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What is UpSpire?

UpSpire erases barriers that prevent homeless guests of Presbyterian Night Shelter from working within our community. Our goal is to break the cycle of homelessness by providing steady employment that restores dignity and provides hope.

Open to all guests who want to work, the program provides gainful employment, case management support, and job skill development to aid clients in their journey from homeless to home. Our employees are welcome to work with us indefinitely. However, it is our hope that with the experience, resources, and training provided at UpSpire, they are able to transition permanently into the general workforce.

By contracting with UpSpire, you will receive quality service from a professional services company dedicated to customer service. With the help of our clients and partners, we are able to provide opportunity that inspires and uplifts.

How does UpSpire benefit Fort Worth?

Organizations like UpSpire make powerful waves in a local community. REDF, a venture philanthropy supporting social enterprise, has seen the following results:
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For every $1.00 a social enterprise like UpSpire spends, $2.23 in benefits is returned to society. $1.31 of that is direct savings to taxpayers.

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56% of employees hired by social enterprises had jobs one year later verses 37% who had only received job support services.

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Those employed by social enterprises experienced a 268% increase in income and a drop in income from government benefits from 71% to 24%

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Housing stability tripled for those employed by social enterprises. 67% were still working six months later.

our founding philosophy

UpSpire was founded on the belief that just as everyone deserves a home, everyone deserves the opportunity to contribute through work.

What We Believe:

  • We believe our employees are capable of performing a job
  • We believe our employees are able to perform at market standards
  • We believe that employees who apply themselves will succeed
  • Because of these beliefs, we commit to supporting and holding our employees to a high standard of performance
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What is a Social Enterprise?

Social enterprises are mission-driven businesses that directly impact hard-to-employ individuals by providing job training and employment opportunities. The social mission is equally as important as generating a profit.

Non-Profit, Social Enterprise, For-Profit | UpSpire

Social Impact:

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of employees will be homeless when hired

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of employees will move into their own housing after 4 months of employment

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of profits will provide operating support for the Presbyterian Night Shelter