Philadelphia Inquirer Reports: Philly launched a program to put homeless people to work. Here’s what happened.
by Samantha Melamed (updated June 11, 2019) As a Monday morning rain rinsed LOVE Park and chased early commuters into their offices, 34 people gathered by the LOVE sculpture and waited impatiently for a lottery to begin. Roberto Valdez, an outreach worker from Mental Health Partnerships (MHP), read out the numbers, and wide grins broke [...]
By: Maria Saporta, Contributing Writer, Atlanta Business Chronicle The Stand Together Foundation, a national poverty-fighting initiative partly funded by the Koch family, has made a grand entrance in Atlanta by investing in 10 local nonprofits. The Atlanta cohort of 10 nonprofits was launched May 20th at a summit held at the City of [...]
Los Angeles and San Bernandino Counties Consider First Step Rapid Employment Model to Address Homelessness
The recent e-newsletter from the American Roundtable to Abolish Homelessness wrote a piece on employment scaling for homeless people in Los Angeles county and San Bernandino county. It read: Employment has long been a vacuum in homeless policy, an orphan in our policy household. There have been many boutique programs without scale to [...]
First Step is honored to be part of the projects highlighted at this week’s IMPACT PHL Conference in Philadelphia. CEO Dave Shaffer will join investors and community partners to discuss how various sectors came together to bring First Step to the region and the impact we have had to date. Read the Case Study to be presented here.
We are proud to share our impact from 2018. We had an incredible year of growth and expansion allowing us more opportunities to put people to work. Looking ahead into 2019, First Step plans to continue scaling our impact while looking for new programs to proactively connect First Step clients with additional training and education [...]
First Step Philadelphia Celebrates One Year Anniversary and the Power of Employment to Transform Lives
Weekly Employment of Over 350 Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in the Region in 2018 and $14.5 Million in Earned Wages Paid Philadelphia, PA – January 31, 2019 On Thursday, January 24, 2019, First Step Staffing (FSS) celebrated the one year anniversary of its expansion to Philadelphia. The event took place at the Wells Fargo Museum [...]
January 24, 2019 / US By Scott Greenstone Seattle Times Project Homeless engagement editor It’s no secret that homelessness has engulfed the West Coast: Rises in cities like Seattle, LA and San Francisco are the reason homelessness in the U.S. has gone up in the last few years while it continues to go down on the East Coast. Project [...]
MeiMei Foxi March 10, 2017 Greg Block, the founder of First Step / Staffing for Good, believes that “ a steady and sustainable income is the only permanent, reliable path out of homelessness. ” That is why he founded his social enterprise, which is the largest non-profit, light industrial staffing agency in the United States. Greg Block [...]
By John Meyers Aug 14 2018 Shy of ten years ago, Greg Block saw a gap in homelessness services agencies. While many nonprofits were helping individuals meet immediate needs, such as shelter, food, and healthcare, only a handful focused on income as a sustainable path out of homelessness. As he examined the services in his native Atlanta, [...]
How First Step Staffing in Atlanta, GA leverages Uber for Business to bring clients to and from work.