Support Belay Enterprises and Make an Impact for Jobs in Denver

In today’s world, it’s not hard to see the importance of a job.

But imagine trying to find a job in order to support your family while living on the streets. Or envision trying to obtain employment if you are just out of prison with a felony conviction.

Over the last couple years, it has been difficult for many people to find employment. And research shows that a job search becomes almost impossible when one is trying to rebuild a life from prison, addiction or homelessness. This is the problem that Belay Enterprises seeks to solve with its mission of partnering with the church to develop businesses that employ and job-train individuals rebuilding lives.

Out of this vision, Belay launched in 1995 its first faith venture Bud’s Warehouse, a home improvement thrift store selling recycled building materials. In 2002, Belay opened Baby Bud’s, a baby products thrift store that employs disadvantaged single mothers and Freedom Cleaning Services, a commercial cleaning company that also employs single mothers. These projects were followed in late 2003 by the incubation of the Good Neighbor Garage, a job training and car placement program, which has since incorporated into its own independent organization. Baby Bud’s and Freedom Cleaning Services were also spun off into their own non-profit organization in 2009.

And this year, Belay successfully started its fifth faith venture, New Beginnings Custom Woodworks, a custom cabinet manufacturing business that employs and job trains ex-offenders. Last year, these five Christ-centered enterprises employed 80 individuals with 41% of participants successfully graduating into better jobs in the community. Christianity Today recently profiled Belay Enterprises as part of its “This is Our City” Project viewable here.

Bud’s Warehouse employs single moms like Rachel who came to the program last year shortly after making a commitment to live drug free.

“I was absolutely jobless and living completely off of government assistance, but I didn’t want that anymore.” Rachel remembers. “I was tired of the ex-offender, former drug addict pity party and wanted to make a big change.” Within weeks of coming to work at Bud’s Warehouse, Rachel was quickly able to realize her biggest goal. Her young daughter moved back in with her. And today, Rachel has graduated the program into another job in the community.

“When I joined Bud’s, I had no self-worth, but I gained confidence working alongside others in Bud’s positive Christian environment. In five years, I plan to be driving an ambulance for a living,” Rachel says with a smile.

As we enter our 17th year as an organization, would you consider partnering with us by making an end-of-the-year donation? Over the next five years, Belay Enterprises hopes to grow our employment and job-training opportunities to 750 self-sustaining positions a year. Your contribution will help provide start-up funding towards several new projects including expanding New Beginnings Custom Woodworks, starting Purple Door Coffee to employ homeless youth, a new location for Bud’s Warehouse, and a new commercial kitchen project in partnership with the Denver Jail.

And your donation will be deposited into a revolving venture fund at Belay to be invested in the above projects. When the new businesses become self-sustaining, these monies will be repaid back to the fund for future investments in other new projects. So your donation today will invest in job creation for many years to come, making a big difference for the kingdom.

Thank you for your consideration. If you need more information on our programs, please feel free to give me us a call at 303-296-3990. Visit the Belay Paypal web site to make an online contribution here. All contributions are eligible for an additional state enterprise zone credit.

Thank you for your support!

New & Lightly Used Home Improvement Items Help Rebuild Lives

Bud’s Warehouse, a nonprofit job training program of Belay Enterprises, provides a solution to the dilemma of remodeling left-over’s.

Rusty brings in another pallet of new cabinet doors.

16 years ago, a group of contractors, businesspeople, and urban pastors started Bud’s to keep usable building materials out of landfills as well as to offer job-training opportunities for individuals struggling with addiction, homelessness or prison records.

Bud’s Warehouse recycles usable building items not accepted by regular thrift stores. Home builders, suppliers and homeowners donate items like cabinets, appliances, tile, paint, carpet, hardware, light fixtures, doors, windows, bath tubs, sinks, and many other building materials. These are then resold to the public at discounts of up to 70%. Check out the latest arrivals on Bud’s Facebook page.

In addition to recycling building materials, Bud’s Warehouse also “recycles” people’s lives. For a variety of reasons, from prison records to drug addiction, numerous city residents are unable to find or keep a job. Bud’s Warehouse employs formerly unemployable people, providing them with training for both employment and life. The sale of home improvement items enables the program to be self-supporting and model self-sufficiency for its participants.

Bud’s Warehouse is open to the public. The innovative concept of a home improvement thrift store has become increasingly popular with area homeowners seeking savings of up to 70% on home improvement items while helping others. Over the years, the program has been profiled on 9News, Channel 2 News, Channel 7, the Denver Post, Denver Business Journal and Westword.

For more information or to donate tax deductible building supplies, call (303) 296-3990. Bud’s Warehouse is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Happy First Blogsday!

Bud’s Warehouse is more than 15 years old now, the first project of Belay Enterprises.

At the start, Bud’s didn’t have a website. Then we had one that was… fine. It never ever changed, but it was fine.

Now we have a site that changes all the time with the blog you are reading right now and our Craigslist posts. We have a Twitter account, and a Facebook page. We even have a cool contest going on through the end of the month. The website has gone from something that never really came up in conversation, to something that brings new people into the store all the time.

We also know it works in funny ways we didn’t necessarily expect. For instance, we know that every month people go to Google and search for “Bob’s Warehouse” and then click on our site and check us out. That’s great, unless there actually is a “Bob’s Warehouse.” (We are pretty sure there isn’t, but we do have an outgoing operations manager named Bob, so maybe they are searching for him.)

All of that is great because the more people that know about us, the more donations we get and the more customers find home building supplies at unbelievable prices. That keeps our employees busy, and allows us to give more opportunities to employees that otherwise have some serious challenges to finding work, especially in this rotten economy.

So, why this post?

This blog went up one year ago today, and we just wanted to note that, and also let you know that much of the innovation came from Scott Yates, who helped us with the blog and is now starting his own business that will be helping other small businesses with custom blog content. We can tell you firsthand that we know what Scott does works.

And Scott knows about Bud’s because he’s been in often, and built a backyard water feature with a bathtub from Bud’s at the base of it, a clubhouse for his family with shutters, roofing supplies, tile and more. Whatever home building project you have in mind, come to Bud’s and see if we can help you move from imagination into reality, just like this blog.

water feature with hidden bathtub
Can you find the bathtub in this above-ground Water Feature? It's hidden by rocks, but it is there, and came from Bud's!