OCABOCAB is an organization that advocates for employment opportunities for psychiatric consumer/survivors and emphasizes the importance of work in the lives of people who have been marginalized by poverty and mental health issues. OCAB operates five Alternative Businesses (businesses operated entirely by consumer/survivor employees):

  • The Raging Spoon Catering Company
  • The Raging Spoon Café
  • Out of This World Café and Espresso Bar
  • Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises
  • Grassroots Research: Community Based Research and Peer Research Consultants.

The Raging Spoon, which opened its doors in 1997, is the oldest of OCAB’s businesses. Out of This World Café and Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises were started in 2002 while Grassroots Research is the most recent addition to the Alternative Business portfolio.

OCAB also houses the Toronto Speaker’s Bureau, “Voices from the Street”. Members of “Voices” provide public education on issues related to homelessness, mental health and poverty and seek to impact public policy in these areas.


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