Economic Development

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Churches can make a direct impact in their communities through economic development programs such as this one.

Community Economic Development Programs
Grandview Calvary Baptist Church (GCBC) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada began praying in the early 2000s about how it could best serve its surrounding community. The church realized that some of the unemployed people nearby had education and skills, but were having trouble finding full-time jobs. The church tapped David Holcomb, an entrepreneur with a background in business and community development to create JustWork, a business incubator. Its aim is to create revenue-generating businesses to offer dignified, meaningful work for people facing barriers to work. As of 2013, JustWork has created three such: JustRenos, a renovation firm; JustCatering, a catering service; and JustPotters, which sells handcrafted pottery throughout North America. As of the end of 2013, the three JustWork enterprises employed 28 people.