Wheels to Work finds strong employer demand for transit services

Aug 25, 2017 No Comments by

Alliance member Hope Network in Grand Rapids, Michigan launched Wheels to Work in June of 2016 to address a gap in public transit services to Walker, a nearby suburb where many manufacturing firms are located. A year later, they have provided over 70,000 rides, connecting new hires and incumbent workers with over 15 participating employers, some […]

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More evidence that ex-offender hires excel on the job

Jun 17, 2016 No Comments by

Two recent studies support our members’ and other employers’ experience that job seekers with criminal records tend to make highly motivated, loyal employees, and businesses that screen out these individuals are overlooking a significant source of talent. A joint study by University of Massachusetts Amherst and Harvard University evaluated former felons’ workforce performance in the […]

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Ascend Staffing connects job seekers with seasonal hiring opportunities

Feb 09, 2016 No Comments by

This past holiday season, Alliance member Ascend Staffing connected 56 job seekers with full-time positions at e-commerce retailer Amazon, mainly in Indianapolis. The warehouse jobs, paying about $13 per hour, began in late October and continued through mid-January, with 15 workers still on assignment today. Ascend supplied workers as a subcontractor with Integrity Staffing and […]

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Profit sharing helps IES workers live their best story

Dec 18, 2015 No Comments by

In 2014, In Every Story (IES) Labor Services founder and president Derek Snook took the major step of converting his nonprofit social enterprise to a for-profit LLC. Several reasons drove this decision. Sales were on track to exceed $3 million, and grant writing was a distraction to managing the business. A for-profit structure also provided […]

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The Cara Program: Job retention metrics show ability to deliver motivated, reliable workers

Jan 28, 2014 No Comments by

Alternative staffing organizations (ASOs) understand the importance of metrics in making their business case to employers and demonstrating their social impact to donors and investors. Yet many ASOs find it challenging to track their workers’ employment status after they leave the ASO. In the Alternative Staffing Demonstration that studied worker outcomes, for example, four participating […]

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