Economic Opportunity for All

Our goal is to provide economic opportunity and a path to self-sufficiency for those otherwise locked out of the employment system, including those experiencing or who have recently experienced homelessness, individuals who have been previously incarcerated, and military veterans.

Our Mission

We empower individuals with barriers to employment to take the First Step on the path out of poverty and homelessness.

5,011

Individuals employed by us
in 2020 who were previously
homeless or at-risk of
becoming homeless

$50.4 M

is Annual Payroll
in 2020

65,332

Rides to and from work

Report

Download the
2020 Annual Report

First Step Staffing, Inc. was founded by successful entrepreneur, Greg Block (1966-2020). Raised in a family with a strong focus on civil service and leadership, Greg always knew he wanted to make a positive difference in the world. However, first he wanted to achieve success in his professional life so that he would have a solid foundation upon which to build a social enterprise. Prior to founding First Step, he was President, CEO, and sole owner of American Pacific Enterprises, which he grew from a $20 million to $185 million corporation.

After selling his company at the age of 40, Greg was able to get to work. Greg met with dozens of civic, business, and nonprofit leaders in his hometown of Atlanta. It did not take long for Mr. Block to realize that the most widespread, persistent, and difficult social problem to solve was homelessness. With the vision of becoming America’s jobs solution to homelessness, First Step Staffing, Inc. was officially launched on October 16, 2007.

Since First Step Staffing was founded in 2007, under Greg’s leadership, First Step has empowered more than 15,000 men and women on the path out of poverty and homelessness and into self-sufficiency. Combined, these individuals earned more than $100 million.

Greg always envisioned scaling the work of First Step so we could help empower more people through employment in cities across the country where homelessness is prevalent. In 2015, Greg began to make his vision a reality with the acquisition of a staffing firm in Atlanta. From 2015-2020, all while fighting the battle for his life, Greg spearheaded 2 additional acquisitions in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. He also launched an organic growth model in the City of Nashville. Today, with locations in 6 cities, First Step is the largest alternative staffing agency in the country.

Key Leadership

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Amelia Nickerson
CEO
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Matt Miller
COO
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Kellie Brownlow
VP of Development & Community Relations
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Sheneva Harris
Operations Director – Staffing
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Henrietta Thompson
Manager – Disability Services

Board of Directors

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Michael Cochran, Chairman
Partner, Kilpatric, Townsend
& Stockton, LLP
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Barbara Peters
CaringWorks
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Paulino Barros
Former CEO, Equifax
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Adam Ross
Treasurer & Secretary, Hex Atlanta
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Joe Guerra
CEO, Turf Star
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AJ Robinson
CEO, Central Atlanta Progress
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Aubrey Harrell
Partner, KPMG LLP
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Brian Goebel
Managing Director, Social Enterprise, Goizueta Business School
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Marilynn Winn
Co-Founder and Lead Organizer, Women on the Rise
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Steve Fireman
President, Economic & Community
Development Institute
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Anitra Walker
Director of Behavioral Health and Social Services, Mercy Care Services
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Will Block
Community Volunteer, Ex-officio

Philadelphia Board of Directors

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Harold Epps, Chairman
Sr. Advisor, Bellevue Strategies
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Monica Block
Community Volunteer
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Mike Dahl
Former Executive Director, Broad Street Ministry
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Michael Cochran
Partner, Kilpatrick, Townsend
& Stockton, LLP
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Aubrey Harrell
Partner, KPMG LLP
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Leigh Wood
Community Volunteer

Southern California Board of Directors

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Joe Guerra, Chairman
Chairman & CEO, Turf Star
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Steven Block
Community Volunteer
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Jeffrey K. Haidet
Chairman & Partner, Dentons US LLP
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Leonard Gregory
Retired
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Brent Reid
CFO, Turf Star Western

A person. A job. A step forward.

All men and women, regardless of color or personal background, deserve the dignity of work and opportunity for economic mobility.

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