What It Is
Workforce First is an alternative work program, where individuals are offered the opportunity to be of service to the community as an alternative to panhandling. Participants engage in the work of large-scale environmental clean up and invasive species removal. Folks earn $15 an hour and are provided with lunch and transportation to the work site, as well as case management aimed to break down barriers to stable housing and income.
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 homelessness, is over 18, and that they may otherwise be panhandling.
TOOF provides transportation, lunch, and pay at the end of every work day. Program participants are also offered case management and supportive banking services to help them save money. 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 are taking the first step to regaining trust and building community with people who may have become untrusting or frightened of society and its systems.
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What our friends think about WFF:
“What working for The Other Ones Foundation did for me, it instilled work values back in me that I had lost over the years of being homeless and living on the streets. And I found values that made me realize I didn’t want to be flying a sign ever again.”
“We were out in a park and they came walking up to us and said, ‘You wanna work?’ We said, ‘Heck yeah!’ It’s just been a blessing. I love the job: you get lunch, you get to work outdoors….Some days you just get lucky.”