Bud’s Warehouse is a project of Belay Enterprises, a faith-based nonprofit organization that creates businesses to employ and job train individuals rebuilding lives from addiction, homelessness and prison.
In 2002, Belay launched Baby Buds, a baby thrift store that employs single mothers. A few years later the Baby Bud’s program opened Freedom Cleaning Services which provides commercial cleaning services to local churches and businesses. Both of these programs spun off into an independent organization in 2009 now known as Second Chances Denver.
Belay also started the Good Neighbor Garage, which repairs donated cars in a mechanic training program and provides them at low cost to disadvantaged individuals who need a car to get to work.
In June of 2011, Belay opened New Beginnings Custom Woodworks, a cabinet-training program that employs people rebuilding lives from prison. This innovative program was recently profiled on 9News.
Belay plans to open in January 2013 Purple Door Coffee to employ young adults who are working to exit homelessness. This project will teach job skills that are universal to any job as well as provide tools of community, accountability, love and grace that will help our employees on their journeys to a new life.
Finally, Belay has partnered with a group of entrepreneurs to open Denver’s first mattress recycling facility. As of March 2012, you can bring your old mattress into Bud’s Warehouse or we’ll come pick it up, each for a small fee. We then take your mattress to the recycling facility and tear it apart for all the recyclable pieces. Bud’s Warehouse staffs the recycling facility, employing and job-training up to six individuals a year rebuilding lives. The number is expected to grow quickly over time as the project expands.
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