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Mark on Employment First

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 06.10.2015 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

Mark remembers what it felt like to walk into the AimHire office two years ago looking for a way to rebuild his life. The high-paying job in the mortgage industry in California was gone. It went with the crisis.

Who Will Champion Child Homelessness in America?

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Recent reports show that children seem to be falling through the cracks of an otherwise strengthened system nationwide, becoming homeless at an alarming rate and with no immediate relief in sight.

Big Easy, Big Apple Go Big for Veterans

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Now perceived by many as immoral, veteran homelessness is on the radar screens of many cities around the country thanks to gargantuan efforts from the Department of Veteran Affairs, HUD, the first lady's office and advocacy groups.

Keys to the Shelter: New Ways to Empower Women Out of Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Unaccompanied women on the street and in shelters face unique challenges. Studies show that they often leave their living situations later than men in the downward-spiral process.

First Lady, National Leaders Champion the Fight Against Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 10.08.2014 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

All eyes were on First Lady Michelle Obama last Thursday when she entered the stage at the annual conference of the National Alliance to End Homelessness at Washington's Renaissance Hotel. Everyone stood as she walked toward Leon Drake, the Vietnam-war and OIF veteran who had introduced her, and gave him a hug.

In DC's Fight Against Homelessness, Employment Must Go 'First'

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 08.02.2014 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

"Employment First" rests on the belief that everyone is employable and builds on individuals' strengths to facilitate quick hires. Training and other facets of the service delivery are expedited to put participants in jobs as soon as possible.

Looking Back on Teenage Homelessness: George's Story

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Photo contributed by Karen Elliott Greisdorf Photography "Mom died and my aunt adopted me. She got a divorce, and I was sent to foster care unti...

DC Advocates Mobilize to End Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Faced with growing concerns about homelessness, several advocacy groups have mobilized in the last year to eradicate homelessness in the District. The...

200 Jobs Lift DC's Homeless Residents Out of Poverty

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Every week a steady flow of job seekers arrives at the new Wisconsin Avenue office of AimHire. Friendship Place launched the job placement program in ...

The Graying of Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

"I always had a job, since I was 13," says DC resident John Hines. But decades of hard work didn't immunize John against homelessness. Plagued with he...

America's Homeless Children - Unseen, but Counted

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Our education system focuses on many essential factors intended to create a platform for success for our children. But far too often we overlook the u...

Why YOU Need to Unleash Your Inner Fundraiser

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Most of us are raised with definite ideas about money. We're told that asking for money is taboo and that it makes people uncomfortable. Many of us ar...

We Can Beat Phoenix in Ending Veteran Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

You might be wondering what I was doing at boot camp last week. Well, let me just say that this was a very special kind of boot camp. The Rapid Resul...

Independence from Homelessness: A Veteran's Story

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

"If I survived, they can as well." As I recently read through an email from Shelley Gilbert, this statement struck a chord with me. "I become stronger...

No Room By The Ocean

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Thinking of heading down to the ocean for a few days? You might want to think of how the resort you pick treats people who are experiencing homelessne...

State Of Homelessness in America 2013 Unveiled By NAEH

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

There was a feeling of expectation in the room at the National Press Club last week as the National Alliance To End Homelessness (NAEH) unveiled its S...

Solving veteran homelessness in the U.S.

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

In the last few years, the Department of Veterans Affairs has revolutionized its service delivery, partnering with homeless services organizations lik...

DC's new status quo: homeless families, children left in the cold

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

If you follow DC news, you are well aware of the recent buzz around the crisis facing homeless families in the District. While this issue needs to be ...

100 Jobs for DC's Homeless Residents

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 03.10.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

We're certainly starting the year off with a bang at Friendship Place! Our AimHire Job Placement Program - a team with only three paid staff members -...

Homeless for the Holidays

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Well, Turkey Day is over and the malls were packed on Black Friday, and through the weekend, with shoppers trying to catch those quickly vanishing best bargains of the year. But, what does the holiday season really mean to us and to people living on the streets?

Ending U.S. Homelessness Starts Locally

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 09.29.2012 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Now, there's one question on everybody's mind: What is it going to take to end homelessness in the country?

Building 'Homefulness' Out Of Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 07.24.2012 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

"Homefulness." I'm actually not sure that it is a word yet, but what a great idea! "Homefulness" instead of "homelessness." It's more than just four...