What It Is

Workforce First is an alternative employment program, where individuals are offered the opportunity to work in service of the community as an alternative to panhandling. Participants engage in the work of large-scale environmental clean up, subsidized housing improvements, public art maintenance, and sheltered animal enrichment. Folks earn $15 an hour and are provided with lunch and transportation to the work site.

How It Works

The program identifies eligible workers through a combination of partnering organizations, and our own street outreach. The only requirement to join the workforce first program is that an individual is experiencing or has experienced homelessness, is over 18, and that they may otherwise be panhandling.  The Other Ones provides transportation, lunch, and pay at the end of every work day. The hiring process is streamlined by removing any traditional barriers to getting started on a job. By removing these barriers, and opening up access to work, we hope to take one step in regaining trust and building community with people who may have become untrusting or frightened of society and its systems.

Get Involved

If you think that the Workforce First program is a great fit for you or a loved one, you can use the contact form on this website to get in touch or call (512) 568-7557 to talk to someone about getting involved. If you have a business or are part of an organization that needs extra hands completing a project or for your ongoing labor needs, please get in touch, we’d love to talk.

The best way to help us in providing work to our homeless neighbors and beautify our community is to make a donation today!