Fuel for a more hopeful world.

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The heart is a bloom, shoots up through the stony ground.

- Bono, U2

How we got started

Beautiful Day began with a late night, a few beers and a question: how could our community do something practical to help refugees rebuild their lives in Providence. 

We felt proud to live in a country and community that was welcoming refugees from the most devastated places on earth.  But we could also see how much they struggled and how badly they wanted to find jobs to support their families.

 

Building a Social Venture

So we started a small volunteer-run granola business (back then we called it the Providence Granola Project) to employ them. Over time as this business grew into a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we began shaping each part to serve a greater purpose. The work became a hands-on classroom where refugees learn critical skills and confidence.  Our products now invite communities all over America to think about issues of human displacement.  And our granola-loving customers are, one by one, becoming genuine partners making the whole thing possible.

“...the very best granola I've ever had. It's a bonus that they have this great mission."--SOS, Boston
"The most creative and tasty flavors, no garbage preservatives... Those are the secondary reasons this is such a great granola company." DM, Knoxville
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Food for the body, nourishment for the soul...

What about our granola?

Granola has always seemed like the perfect food to us: wholesome, satisfying, real.  Our cooking philosophy is to respect each ingredient and keep everything as real as possible.  We select premium nuts, mostly organic grains, seeds, and spices and then prepare each separately to bring out it’s distinctives.  Some of our recipes even draw inspiration from the many cultures we work with.  Binding them together is sweet local honey and the pride of new-arrivals who are becoming new Americans and rebuilding their lives while nourishing their community.

 

Our Impact

To date we’ve worked with over 65 refugees, representing 14 nationalities and 20 ethnicities, including many with no first-language literacy.  We now offer training at multiple levels, though our priority is those facing the biggest job-entry barriers. Almost all of our employee-trainer staff were once refugees who understand the journey our trainees are on. Over 80% of our trainees go on to permanent jobs while providing for their families, contributing to our economy, and enriching our community with their determination and resilience.

“This strikes me as the very sort of venture that both the left and the right can support with equal enthusiasm... a way to welcome and support refugees (an almost sacred obligation), and... that greatest American entity of all: the "small business"!
--JH, New Haven
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One of the tragic [realities] of our time is that we know more than ever about the... sufferings of the world and yet are less and less able to respond to them.  

- Henri Nouwen

What's next?

Worldwide human displacement is not going away—in fact, our world now has more refugees in it than at any time since WW2. This makes our mission and the importance of building communities of refuge feel increasingly relevant, so we are working pretty hard to grow our business, expand our training program, and contribute to a solution. 

We feel determined to live out our mission in practical actions and real relationships, rather than just ideas.  Long term, we want to develop a social venture model for job training that could serve many other refugee communities. We're thankful you've visited our website and hope it helps you get involved whether that means calling your local resettlement agency or enjoying a granola bar.