The Alliance welcomes Derek Snook, president of In Every Story (IES) Labor Services in Charleston, South Carolina.
IES Labor Services began operating in 2011 and places job seekers in general labor and skilled trades positions. Derek Snook founded the company in response to day labor conditions he experienced firsthand while voluntarily living and working in the Star Gospel Mission, a transitional housing facility for the homeless in downtown Charleston. A subsequent road trip to research temporary labor and social enterprise models included visits to Alliance members Chrysalis Staffing in Los Angeles, and Harborquest (Civic Staffing) in Chicago.
Today, IES Labor Services places more than 50 workers on a daily basis, and has added more than $100,000 to workers’ wages through its Hope Fund, an incentive plan that rewards employees who come to work, do a good job and remain drug-free.