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 Business Chronicle Reports: First Step and Other Community Groups Work Together To Decrease Homelessness
Groups work together to decrease homelessness By Tonya Layman – Contributing Writer January 12, 2020 The number of people living on the streets of Atlanta has declined, in part due to several organizations partnering on a common theme: to lead the charge to make homelessness in Atlanta rare, brief and non-recurring. Over the last decade, [...]
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 [...]
by: Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Updated: July 23, 2019 It was an unconventional job fair. There were no splashy banners advertising companies, no branded swag, no suits. Just folks filling out paperwork on the benches of a Philadelphia courtroom Monday — sometimes with a drug test swab in their mouth — waiting for an interview where they’d [...]
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 [...]