Breaking the cycles of poverty

We aim to employ those who struggle most to break their own cycles of poverty, giving preference to those who have recently experienced homelessness, military veterans, and individuals who have been previously incarcerated.

Our Mission

We’re working to secure sustainable income for individuals transitioning from homelessness. Steady and sustainable income is the only permanent, reliable path out of homelessness.
And we help provide that sustainable income by helping local businesses succeed.

$22,500

Average Annualized Pay
Rate

1,000

Individuals currently
employed by us who
were previously homeless
or at-risk of
becoming homeless

$18 Million

Anticipated annual
payroll for 2016

Created by Greg Block, First Step is
on a mission to provide a path out of homelessness.

Key Management

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Dave Shaffer
CEO
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Jamie Wilson
General Manager
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Elyse Knox
Director – Community Outreach
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Henrietta Thompson
Manager – Benefits Services

Board of directors

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Founder/Board Chair
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First Step CEO
Ex-Officio Board Member
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Barbara Peters
Former ED First Step
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Mick Cochran
Chairman Corp. Dept. / Dentons
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Andrea Falls
CEO Popular Genius
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Kevin Cook
Community Activist
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Joe Guerra
CEO Turfstar
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AJ Robinson
CEO Central Atlanta Progress
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Adam Ross
Treasurer & Secretary / Hex Atlanta
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Aubrey Harrell
Partner KPMG
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Marilynn Winn
Staff Organizer 9to5
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Steve Fireman
President ECDI
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Derreck Kyongo
CEO Center for Human and Civil Rights
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Anitra Walker
Director Mercy Care Services
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Brian O. Goebel
Managing Director, Social Enterprise at Goizueta

Learn More

Want to learn more about our social enterprise and mission success? Click here to get in touch.

236 Auburn Avenue NE, Suite 203, Atlanta, GA 30303
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