Affirmative Ventures Association
Affirmative Ventures is an innovative community economic development organization that assists people with challenges, particularly mental health challenges to gain their financial well being. We have been successful in creating social enterprises helping people grow personally and professionally. Our success is based upon the appropriate blending of client needs with the creative application of smart business principles.
Areas of Expertise: Disability Groups, Job Training, Psychiatric Survivors, Social Economy & Social Enterprise
For over 20 years, Affirmative Ventures has been an innovative not-for-profit organization that assists Nova Scotia mental health consumers and other persons with disabilities achieve lifelong independence. Our mandate focuses on the foundation pieces of life - homes, jobs and friends.
Our housing portfolio is growing. We began in 2007 by opening Affirmative House, a ten unit, independent living apartment building in Dartmouth, NS. This living style has proven highly successful and we are actively searching for ways to expand.
Since 1992, we have created employment opportunities for program participants within our communities through the creative use of social enterprises - Pet Stuff on the Go, Common Values and Mort's Convenience Store. Our training program blends unique client needs with the application of sound business practises to help individuals grow personally and professionally. Thanks to supporting community businesses and partners, permanent employment has been secured for many participants.
In line with our social enterprise model, we also support entrepreneurship as an income option for Nova Scotians living with a disability by providing a retail location for entrepreneurs to sell their products.