Our Clients Are Heroes.
To have the PERSEVERANCE,the STRENGTH, the COURAGE to pull yourself up is a herculean task and worthy of admiration.
Greg Block- Founder of First Step, 1966-2020
People of color are significantly overrepresented among people experiencing homelessness.
Unfortunately, the same is true regarding most vulnerable population statistics. African Americans are over-represented relative to the general population when it comes to poverty, homelessness, and incarceration. African Americans make up 13 percent of the general population, but 21 percent of people in poverty, 40 percent of homeless people, and 30+ percent of males in prison.
First Step believes that everyone, regardless of background or personal circumstance, should have access to economic opportunity. We know that a job is so much more than a paycheck. It is dignity. It is opportunity. It is hope. But, don’t take it from us, learn from our heroes what a job means to them.