Inland To Island Social Enterprise Society changed its name from West Kootenay Social Enterprise Society in November of 2018 as the organization expanded to Vancouver Islands Comox Valley. Originally “I to I” began janitorial contracting in the Nelson area in 1985. In 1993 the company converted to employing people with barriers to employment and has maintained that focus ever since. Throughout the years we have enjoyed the un-official partnership of Kootenay Career Development Services in Nelson, Career Development Services in Train and Nelson, Nelson mental health, and Ashland Training Centre’s Achieve program in Castlegar. In 2008 the company officially became a non profit organization.
We pride ourselves on dedicated service, prompt attention to emergencies and deficiencies and above all, security. All employee’s are given strict procedures to ensure the safety, security, and confidentiality of our clients.
I to I is a non-profit organization that hires local persons with barriers to employment in the West Kootenays and Comox Valley areas to carry out janitorial-type duties. .
We are competitive in the janitorial market and charge a fee for the services we provide. Where we differ from other organizations as we do not receive government funding. Job coaches train staff initially on site, as well as offer ongoing support as needed for each individual. I to I strives to be 100% self-sufficient, and a leading company in the quality of services we provide.
This social enterprise contributes greatly to the community, as it gives people job opportunities who may not be employed otherwise. It changes their lives as it helps them gain experience, confidence, work ethics and gives them a feeling of self worth, not to mention earning money of their own. Many of them live on a Disability Pension, which is far below poverty. Some employee’s use the money that they earn as extra living money, and others strive to work as much as possible so that they can get off of the Disability Pension.
For some individuals we are a stepping stone, and others we are a career choice.
All community support is greatly appreciated. It will benefit you as a service receiver knowing that you’re helping out less fortunate individuals, while receiving a service that is well needed.