The Resource Exchange and FUTURES
FUTURES is a social enterprise, created by The Resource Exchange (TRE), a Colorado Springs non-profit, that partners with people who have developmental delays or intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD), to support them in achieving the life they want to live. Intellectual and developmental disabilities include autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, among many others.
TRE’s programs are designed to partner with individuals throughout the course of their lives. FUTURES provides support at a crucial time in a person with IDD’s life: when they reach the age of 18 and no longer have access to services provided by the school system. Their support system suddenly ends. It is at this age that many people with IDD “fall off a cliff.” Most of them end up living at home or going to a day program or care center.
People with IDD have an 80% unemployment rate. Most people with IDD who do work, work part-time and for less than minimum wage. FUTURES embraces the reality that people with IDD, once provided the opportunity to aspire, will create a far greater quality of life for themselves and bring incalculable value to the community.
What is a social enterprise?
Social enterprises combine commercial and social goals, with an emphasis on a social mission.
By selling goods and services in the open market, social enterprises reinvest the money they make back into their business or the local community. This allows them to tackle social problems, improve people’s life chances, support communities and help the environment. So when a social enterprise profits, society profits.
A percentage of FUTURES revenue will go back to The Resource Exchange to help them serve more people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or developmental delays throughout the course of their lives.