Happy Gut is proud to be a Social Enterprise that hires people with disabilities.
My background is in Special Education and I worked in my local school district for 24 years before venturing into being a business owner. One of my main assignments was to take students out into the community on work experience and they absolutely loved it but I found that once they graduated, they had a tough time finding employment. Lots of them had no social lives and spent most of their days in their basements playing video games.
When I was creating and developing Happy Gut, I knew that I would have opportunities to hire some of those young adults and give them purpose in their lives.
Currently, I employ 2 girls with disabilities who have worked at Happy Gut since before the doors even opened! Their jobs entail stickering packages, building kits, stickering bottles, and assisting in the brewing process. They are super dedicated, reliable, have purpose and love seeing their products that they helped make on their local store shelves. They are always excited on pay day, love being featured in photos and one of the girls was even inspired by having this job, to get her driver’s license and was successful!
Talk about gratifying!
They recently joined me on my pitch to Dragon’s Den. I asked them what sort of reward they would like if we got chosen. They asked if we could go to Red Lobster. I said absolutely!!! Guess what??? We got chosen! (my lucky charms) so we are going on a road trip to Red Lobster this fall.
It is such a gift to have them! With the company growing so quickly, I have no hesitation in hiring more people with disabilities in the near future.
So each time you purchase a Happy Gut product, remember that you are supporting some very special people to have a job.
Yay Happy Gut!