Jeroen Rijpkema

NOBODY IS OBLIGED TO WORK AT OSDORP NURSERY AND THAT WORKS

In early March, Hutten buyer Tjeerd Nuijen came across Osdorp Nursery in Amsterdam and straightaway he was impressed by owner Jeroen Rijpkema's story. “He barely tried to sell me his products, Jeroen just kept telling me about his special employees.” The staff at Osdorp Nursery consists of people who for whatever reason are excluded from society, like homeless people. The employees are collected by bus in Amsterdam and enjoy a warm meal at the nursery. Work is not mandatory and the staff is never forced in any way. This makes the job quite popular. The workforce varies each week. Most employees love being at the nursery. Tjeerd says the following over De Guijt's new 'hero': “Jeroen isn't concerned with making lots of money but with providing his employees with a 'home'. Helping people. The nursery is often the only stable factor in their life. Jeroen Rijpkema: "It would be fantastic if the little bit of happiness they find at Osdorp Nursury eventually directs them towards a more stable life or a successful return to society.”

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