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From Homeless to Helping Others Get Off the Streets
Chrysalis crew supervisor leads by example and experience

As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time is Less of a Hiring Hurdle
Mike Wynne, CEO of Alliance member Emerge in Minneapolis, tells the New York Times, “We see employers really knocking on the door of our organization in a way that we haven’t seen in probably 20 years.”

Tight job market is good for felons, people with disabilities and others who are hard to employ. But can it last?
Labor shortages create opportunities and hope for job seekers with historically high unemployment.

Digging out of the past for new beginnings
Ten years later, a graduate of Blue Jacket’s Career Academy is a manager with the City of Fort Wayne’s Public Works department, and leads newly placed workers to prove their worth on-the-job.

This Atlanta Nonprofit Finds Hundreds of Jobs for the Homeless
First Step Staffing successfully scaled its staffing placements from less that 100 per week to 800 by acquiring a for-profit staffing firm. Now the enterprise is looking to replicate this strategy in Philadelphia and Chicago.

A Temp Agency That Gives Ex-Inmates a Job, and a Ride to Work
MaineWorks creates job opportunities for former felons and connects them with supports “from a driver’s license to dentures to housing” to help them move their lives forward.

Employment for homeless is Job One
GoodSource Staffing employee Roosevelt Williams has transformed his status from homeless, unemployed, with no resume or computer skills, to working full-time for the Orange County Supervisor of Elections’ warehouse and having an email address, job search skills and a bank account!

Charleston entrepreneur is writing a new story for day laborers
In Every Story Labor Services pays higher wages, rewards reliability and hard work, and aims to transition workers to full-time jobs

Putting the ‘unemployable’ to work
EmergeWORKS finds jobs for former inmates and helps local businesses facing labor shortages tap this “undervalued resource.”

Women to Watch: Margo Walsh, MaineWorks
MaineWorks founder Margo Walsh discusses how her company helps people in recovery re-enter the workforce and society.

Meet Derek Snook, temp agency president and poverty crusader
To understand the lives of the temp workers he hires, Derek Snook has been living on $8 an hour, getting around on buses and staying in transitional housing.

Foster Kids Get Help Landing a Job
TeenForce’s alternative staffing model provides job connections and mentoring to help foster youth successfully enter the workforce.

Where There’s a Goodwill There’s a Way
Goodwill Staffing in Macon, Georgia helps Helms College culinary students earn while they learn.

Foster kids need opportunities to overcome odds
TeenForce teams up with the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and Foster Youth Employment Coalition to expand job opportunities for foster youth.

Ex-Cons Get Boost In Job Market From Fort Wayne Staffing Outfit
Opportunity Staffing connects graduates of Blue Jacket’s Career Academy with temporary job openings that can turn into permanent long-term positions.

Catholic Charities staffing agency has social mission
Workers at Community Staffing Services are living testimony that people can change their lives.

GoodTemps blends workforce development with job placement
A worker attests, “It’s the place you get treated right. They look deeper than a job to help you get what you need.”

Chrysalis has unique model for employment
Chrysalis Enterprises makes a difference for employer customers and homeless job seekers in Los Angeles.

Tucson store manager gives boots to those who need to get back on their feet
Miller’s Surplus sales manager George Landa outfits Primavera Works’ temporary workers with free work boots.

Hall to challenge fellow Atlanta Council members to hire homeless

Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall hires temporary administrative assistant through First Step Staffing and challenges his colleagues with staff vacancies to also support homeless job seekers.

Alliance members present research on social enterprise governance at international conference
The International Social Innovation Research Conference held at the University of Oxford in England selected a paper co-written by Dr. Silvia Dorado, from the University of Rhode Island’s College of Business Administration and Dave Shaffer, CEO of DePaul Industries as a keynote case for discussion at this event.

A crossroads for the jobless: Take aid or work?
Vanessa Bartram, president of WorkSquare in Miami, Florida sees both sides of the debate over unemployment benefits.

Legislation would help offenders find work
Boston Staffing Alliance manager Varda Halidy describes the challenges ex-offenders face in getting work. The reform bill described in the article has since been passed and is set to become law.

Local program gives ex-offenders real chance at job, new life
Founder Tony Hudson explains the philosophy underlying Blue Jacket’s success helping ex-offenders find and keep work.