Established in 1997 as a training program for people living with mental illness, Rainbow’s End is a registered charity running a series of thriving social enterprises that provide training and real work experience opportunities to its team-members.
The social enterprises run by Rainbow’s End have grown from simple residential grass cutting into landscaping and decks operations, janitorial and grounds clean-up, food services and specialised sewing services. The enterprises are:
Maintaining revenues and avoiding losses are key to sustainability and funding for our growth comes from three sources. First, and most importantly, from revenues generated by the businesses themselves, second from grants and donations from groups such as St. Joseph’s Hospital, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Bell and finally from individual donations.
Rainbow’s End advocates for mental health awareness through participation on cable shows (“In Depth with Mike Fortune”, Cable 14), on the radio (Ted Michaels on 900 CHML and McMaster radio CFMU) and through print and online media (Hamilton Spectator, CBC). In 2014 we were proud to receive the Spirit of Hope Award from St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Foundation.
As a community organization, we participate in events and studies that help focus on the challenges of living with mental illness. We have worked with groups at McMaster, Queens and Mohawk, and participated in numerous Q&A panels and community fairs.