“In the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) The State of Homelessness in America report, CEA pointed out that overall homelessness has increased in America; and in many communities, homelessness has reached a crisis level. In just five years, unsheltered homelessness increased 20.5 percent from 175,399 in 2014 to 211,293 in 2019. [...]
First Step Staffing, Inc. is excited to announce that Amelia Nickerson, previously Vice President of Development and Community Relations, has been promoted to CEO for the organization. Amelia joined the First Step team in January 2018 bringing with her more than a decade of experience as a fundraiser, volunteer, and board member for [...]
First Step Staffing continues to monitor the rapidly changing situation and guidance surround the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Thank you for the steps you have already taken to minimize the impact of this virus. We are fully committed to the safety of our employees, clients and customers while we work to continue providing [...]
Atlanta-based First Step Staffing, Inc. Expands into Southern California Acquires Portion of OS4 Labor to expand its job placement program for men and women experiencing homelessness, veterans and returning citizens ATLANTA (December 17, 2019) – First Step Staffing, a social enterprise founded in Atlanta, GA in 2007, has been focused on [...]
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 [...]
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.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – How the Atlanta Braves are helping homeless men and women get jobs
By: Helena Oliviero, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sept 13, 2017 When Darnell Wood was released from prison a year ago, he immediately started looking for a job. As the weeks dragged on — two weeks, four weeks, six weeks, Wood was no closer to securing employment. Staying in a homeless shelter, Wood received letters from staffing [...]
Major scale: Behind First Step Staffing’s outsized acquisition By Dave Shaffer | Georgia Nonprofit NOW, Spring 2017 After years of running his own thriving businesses, entrepreneur Greg Block decided to make an abrupt career change: founding a nonprofit staffing firm, First Step Staffing. With a curiosity and desire to contribute to the [...]