2020 Business Accelerator Candidate Connor Schoen

Connor Schoen co-founded Breaktime in 2018 to help overcome chronic homelessness among young adults in Greater Boston.

Through early intervention, his nonprofit social enterprise empowers people who are homeless to nurture their talents, launch their careers and serve their communities.
“We believe everyone deserves the chance to take control of their own careers and destinies and, ultimately, find their way home,” Schoen said. 

COVID-19 interrupted Schoen’s efforts to open a café to provide jobs. So he quickly adapted and partnered with a landlord/wholesale provider to create Breaktime’s Double Impact initiative that includes 20 career-launching culinary jobs.

In just six months, Double Impact has become one of Boston’s largest donated meal operations — already providing over 50,000 meals for people in need. It also includes a hub-and-spoke system that has distributed more than 250,000 pounds of groceries.

“I am inspired to do this work because 40% of young adults experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ+, and when I was coming out, these resilient young people were an incredible source of inspiration, strength and support for me,” Schoen said.

Fueled by their support, Schoen also finished his last year at Harvard University. Now, he’s scaling Breaktime full time with the support of Harvard’s Pforzheimer Public Service Fellowship.

Meet Connor Schoen and learn about Breaktime, his business solution which helps overcome chronic homelessness among young adults in Greater Boston.
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