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EMERGE Enterprises

EMERGE is home to four social enterprise businesses. EmergeWORKS has been operating as a part of EMERGE since 1996. Custom Manufacturing, Second Chance Recycling, and Furnish Office and Home joined the EMERGE family in 2015 as a result of a merger with what was formerly Momentum Enterprises.

Second Chance Recycling


Second Chance Recycling specializes in recycling mattresses, box springs, batteries, and medical blue wrap. Second Chance employs those facing barriers to employment as trainees for 6 - 12 months as a way to help them build healthy work habits and a work history on their resume. Learn more.

Custom Manufacturing

Custom Manufacturing also employs trainees who may be facing obstacles to employment for 6 - 12 months. Trainees work on assembly, packaging, wood fabrication, and more. Learn more.


Furnish Office and Home

Furnish Office and Home is a nonprofit retail store in Northeast Minneapolis where customers can save up to 80% off list prices for a selection of quality used and new office and home furnishings. Revenue supports the operations of EMERGE. Learn more.


EmergeWORKS partners with area businesses to place EMERGE participants in temp and temp-to-hire roles. EmergeWORKS is the only official Alternative Staffing Organization in Minnesota. Compared to traditional staffing agencies, Alternative Staffing Organizations have a better understanding of employer needs, higher quality of screening and matching employees, greater staff responsiveness, and worker supports that enhance performance and reliability. Click here to learn more.

Said one business owner:

"I was so absolutely pleased and impressed by the five people that came to work that I felt it necessary to make sure they were all acknowledged for their hard work. They all came to work yesterday morning having no idea how hard the work would be and how much would be involved . . . They stepped up and got everything done that we could've wanted and kept an overwhelmingly positive attitude and incredible work ethic. Their flexibility and willingness to help made my day full of big tasks enormously easier. I would personally recommend this team to anyone needing extra help." 

- Jake Langevin - Owner, Ridge Road Stables

EMERGE Community Development    |    1834 Emerson Avenue North    |    Minneapolis, MN 55411

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