The Little Sprout Story
Real inclusion is made possible with the right conditions.
Who We Are
We are, above all else, a crew of people who love food—especially fresh, nourishing food featuring locally sourced ingredients. But we’re also a social enterprise launched by Communitas Supportive Care Society, a charity supporting people living with disabilities across British Columbia. That means all the profits we generate are reinvested into helping people of all abilities to thrive. It also means our business is inspired by our larger mission: to make an abundant life accessible to all. We think you can feel it when you step inside our space. Everyone, from the diners to the staff, is living that good life.
How We Hire
Our hiring approach is inclusive. That means we prioritize employees who may not be given a chance in another business, because they need extra support to deliver their best. We are all about giving this support. We want to see all people, of all abilities, living with purpose, pride, and community connection. All it takes is a little extra creativity and care to make this possible. We’ve got plenty!
Why We Do It
Darlene is one of our valued Team Members. She began with Little Sprout last spring. Darlene lives with mental health challenges but she has found that working for an inclusive, supportive employer has had an enormous impact on her mental health. She says her depression feels like it’s disappeared and every day she is more comfortable and confident. Her self-esteem has really increased and she feels like a different person. She credits this experience to a positive work environment.
“We’ve got each other’s back, you never feel like you’re alone,” she says. “We work together to deliver food that’s super fresh and really healthy. It really doesn’t feel like work. It feels like a bunch of people getting together to cook. Happy people make happy food!”
Darlene’s favourite menu item: The Burrata BLT – “Not your average BLT, the burrata is amazing!”
Read Darlene’s full story today!
Our head chef, Patrick Moore comes to us with more than forty years of experience in the hotel and restaurant business including The Pan Pacific Hotel, Trade and Convention Centre, and BC Place. He has also taught at the Culinary Arts Program at Vancouver Community College. He is excited to bring this leadership to Little Sprout Café.
“This is the most positive and friendly environment I have experienced,” he says. “And I must say the growing of our own sprouts and having such fresh product right at our fingertips is truly amazing.”
Patrick’s favourite menu item: The Ham and Brie sandwich
Steve is one of our newest members and brings both enthusiasm and experience to the café. He lives with mental health challenges and finds that having a job he loves in a supportive work environment makes a big difference.
“Work helps me stay stable and healthy, it relieves stress, and being with other people, like my team or interacting with customers means I’m not isolated,” he says. “I love it here. I show up early for every shift and leave late!”
Steve began as a trainee learning the ropes as a line cook. Today he’s a team member, learning from the skilled staff in the kitchen at Little Sprout. He loves the fact that the menu is focused on fresh and nearly everything is made from scratch.
Steve’s favourite menu item: The Burrata BLT – “Even the Burrata is made in-house!”
Read Steve’s full story today!