Stand Together Foundation Shopping Guide
Social enterprises - a catalyst for change
Stand Together Foundation is proud to support several social enterprises in our Catalyst Community. These aren’t just businesses that do good – they are transformative approaches that harness the power of employment to help each individual recognize their gifts and talents.
Shopping with a Catalyst organization provides meaningful employment, soft skills development and workforce readiness.
For the Chef
Cook up your own creations with Café Momentum’s holiday gift boxes complete with their must-have pantry products like their signature biscuit mix, smoked jalapeno powder, coffee rub, and beef jerky.
Women’s Bean Project
By mixing the art of creating delicious snacks and culinary delights with life and job skills training, the Women’s Bean Project sets women facing chronic unemployment on the path to self-sufficiency.
By sowing seeds in a garden, Bonton Farms reaps a harvest of hope in Dallas. Experience the local flavors of this urban farm with their coveted honey butter, blueberry jam or chai tea kits to support the power of growing healthy and delicious food to fuel community transformation.
For a Little Self-Care
Who doesn’t need a little self-care this year? Infused with essential oils and the restorative power of meaningful work, our social enterprises handmade items inspire peace and wellness.
Looking for the perfect candle set or essential oil to offer healing self-care to yourself during the holidays? Thistle Farms provides a sanctuary of hope to survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and trauma through wholistic residential care including employment crafting healing products.
With a recipe for recovery, Blue Monarch offers its residents a chance to rebuild their lives by making hand-crafted granola and other crafts with a purpose. Each bag of wholesome granola includes an enclosed photo of the incredible Blue Monarch baker and her story of recovery and redemption.
Enjoy soapy scents, bath bombs, and creams meant to help you relax and rejuvenate. My Possibilities provides vocational education for adults with varying intellectual and developmental abilities including speech therapy, vocational training, and career coaching.
For the Creative
We believe everyone has unique gifts and talents to contribute – and our artisan contributors create space for those with a creative mind to share their talent with their communities. Now available online from select partners, these gifts inspire creativity and contribution.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes
Browse the Community Art House and place an order for your own commissioned work. Mobile Loaves & Fishes operates a 51-acre master-planned community to restore dignity for those experiencing chronic homelessness. Its micro-enterprises empower individuals to transform their lives by putting their passions to work.
Find peace of mind through PeaceLove prints and apparel. PeaceLove believes that creative expression inspires and heals as they work with people, families, and organizations throughout the country to improve mental health and quality of life through artistic expression.
Work with a Project LIFT in-house graphic designer to create your own custom print order for anything from hats and t-shirts to signs, and banners. Through vocational skills training and mentoring, Project LIFT empowers at-risk teens to replace negative behaviors with positive tools.
Shop premium hand-made bags that are just as unique and beautiful as the women who make them. At Unshattered, each handbag has a seam of gold thread to honor the women makers of the bags who are winning their battle against addiction.
Akola Project Jewelry
Akola Project unites women on two continents to create beautiful jewelry through its “full impact” supply chain. Women in Dallas and Uganda create raw materials, assemble jewelry, distribute finished goods, and sell jewelry, all at a living wage.
For the One who Loves Home Décor
Share your values and beliefs with guests in your home with high-quality décor items that tell a story of recovery, growth and self-actualization. Gifts that inspire conversation and represent your commitment to social change.
The one-of-a-kind cutting boards and tongs from UTEC’s Madd Love Market are handcrafted by young men and women in Massachusetts who are at risk of long-term poverty due to gang involvement or criminal activity.
Buying an artisan cutting board or piece of decor from Saw’s Edge Woodshop helps to rebuild the Appalachian economy. The Coalfield Development social enterprise produces breathtaking wood products, large and small, ready-made, or custom-built, all in the name of developing West Virginia’s workforce.
For the Brand-Lover
Looking for that perfect swag to support the nonprofits you love? Take a peek below at the ways you can help spread the word (and wear the brand) of the catalysts driving transformative change.
Get your sweat on this holiday season in customized sportswear by The Phoenix. The Phoenix is an addiction recovery program that leverages a sober-active lifestyle to build supportive communities and reduce the stigma of addiction to help people heal and overcome.
For the fixer-upper and handyman in every family, unCommon Construction swag is a must-have. unCommon Construction uses the build process to empower youth with the skills network, resources, and experience to lead the workforce after high school or college.
Old Skool Cafe
Listen to jazz tunes and host a musical night at home with an Old Skool Cafe Holiday gift baskets. Old Skool Cafe is a jazz-themed supper club where at-risk youth run every aspect of the business.
Let’s get to work and bring daily motivation into your life. Inspired by the core motivations of the Cara program, their products include brand gear and housewares that inspire change.
Son of a Saint
Growing up without a father is a challenge facing thousands of boys in New Orleans. Shop Son of a Saint gear to give them hope, vision, and opportunity.
Black Men Heal
Strut the town in your new outfit from Black Men Heal, and your purchase will support mental health treatment to men of color.
For the Baker
Want the perfect satisfaction to your sweet tooth or to get creative in the kitchen? Check out your must-have cookbook or some delicious sweets to satisfy that holiday craving.
Indulge yourself with truffle brownies or send a box to a friend! Daconias Truffle Brownies is owned and operated by Community Table Kitchen, a social enterprise of Bridge House who helps adults experiencing homelessness unlock their potential through employment, housing and counseling support.
Hot Bread Kitchen
The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook weaves together bread recipes as unique and diverse as the women who make them. Hot Bread Kitchen is a bakery that employs and empowers immigrant women, providing them with skills to succeed in the culinary industry.
For the Reader
Sit by the fire with a daily reading of poems by convict poets of the Inside Circle at Folsom Prison. Inside Circle believes in the healing provided by inspiration, and creates opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals to reduce recidivism and violence in their communities.
Prison Yoga Project
Put your mind and body at ease with a yoga mindfulness audiobook. Prison Yoga Project brings trauma-informed yoga practices to thousands of incarcerated people around the country, emphasizing improved mental health and personal rehabilitation for every participant.
Hope Is Always Real
Dorris Walker-Taylor, Senior Ambassador at Thistle Farms, is no stranger to adversity. Combining her remarkable journey with powerful insights and inspiration, Dorris offers a glimpse at the way God uses hope to heal wounds, mend broken relationships, and transform lives.
A Redemptive Path Forward: From Incarceration to a Life of Activism
A motivational memoir by Antong Lucky, a formerly incarcerated man who transformed from founder and leader of the Dallas Bloods, to a practitioner of peace and nonviolence in the neighborhood he once helped destroy.
Learning America: One Woman’s Fight for Educational Justice for Refugee Children
Luma Mufleh—a Muslim, gay, refugee woman from hyper-conservative Jordan—stumbled upon a group of pre-teens from Liberia, Afghanistan, and Sudan playing soccer in Clarkston, Georgia. Learning America traces the story of how Mufleh grew a group of kids into a soccer team and then into a nationally acclaimed network of schools for refugee children.
Going Right: A Logical Justification for Pursuing Your Dreams is a world-view shattering model of decision-making. In this book, we are offered liberation from our socialized, detached, and unsustainable methods of making life’s most meaningful choices. Written by Logan Gelbrich.
For the Giver
Mobile Loaves & Fishes
Donate a housewarming gift and welcome new residents at Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ Community First! Village, where chronically homeless in Austin, TX are welcomed into a nurturing community and offered permanent, affordable microhomes.
Donate supplies to help babies in the Brigid’s Path community who are withdrawing from prenatal drug use.
National Angels Love Box
The Love Box program provides fostering families (caregivers, children in foster care, and biological/adopted children) with community and holistic support. This wrap-around support enables caregivers to continue to do the important and meaningful work of being foster parents.
For the Conscious Consumer
Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute
Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute (RMMFI) empowers creative-minded, motivated individuals with business ideas to realize their unique potential through entrepreneurship. Shop with the small businesses that have graduated from RMMFI’s boot camp.
Shop virtually from an eclectic gift shop in the heart of Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. These products are handcrafted by more than 82 talented local artists and craftspeople- all Ventures entrepreneurs – who are working to improve their lives through small business ownership.