“This is a dream job. My life has changed 100 percent.”

Sep 26, 2017 No Comments by

Last year after his release from prison, Darnell Wood was living in a homeless shelter while struggling to find a job. Today, thanks to First Step Staffing and Mr. Wood’s strong work ethic and professionalism, he’s working full-time as a supervisor for a company that works for the Atlanta Braves and their home field SunTrust Park. He […]

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First Step Staffing uses acquisition strategy to scale impact

Nov 22, 2016 No Comments by

Last December, First Step Staffing acquired the Atlanta operations of LGS Staffing, a large, commercial staffing company, as a strategy to grow its average daily placements from 150 to 1,000 workers. A year later, through its relationships with some 70 community referral partners, First Step is recruiting ever higher numbers of homeless and other disadvantaged […]

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Record number gathers for annual conference

Sep 29, 2014 No Comments by

Nearly 90 people are expected in Atlanta this week as the Alternative Staffing Alliance convenes its Eighth Annual Conference. The record number of participants reflects the Alliance’s growing membership and heightened interest in alternative staffing among community-based organizations, social entrepreneurs and impact investors as a leading strategy for helping marginalized job seekers enter the labor […]

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Spotlight on Alternative Staffing at SEA Summit 14

Feb 28, 2014 No Comments by

Alternative Staffing will be featured as one of eight “intensive” sessions to be offered during the upcoming Social Enterprise Alliance Summit in Nashville, April 13-16. This three-hour deep dive will begin with an overview of the sector and feature three seasoned practitioners – GoodTemps (Muskegon, MI), DePaul Industries (Portland, OR), and WorkSquare (Miami, FL) – […]

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Member Profile: First Step Staffing, Atlanta

Apr 30, 2013 No Comments by

First Step Staffing is a nonprofit enterprise launched in 2007 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Greg Block as a strategy to help homeless individuals re-enter the workforce, earn steady income and break the cycle of homelessness. First Step partners with a variety of transitional housing organizations in Atlanta to recruit job-ready individuals. A second business line, […]

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