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Submitted by Adele Loomis on

When you first meet 21-year-old Quaming Boatwright, his love for fashion quickly becomes apparent. No matter the season, Quaming never misses out on the chance to express his style, which is why you may see this Brownsville, Brooklyn resident sporting a blue collared shirt peppered with small white hats and bowties or staying warm in a silver studded leather and wool jacket.

But Quaming’s eye for beautiful arrangements isn’t superficial. He dedicates himself to putting his best foot forward, a trait helping him make a strong entrance into New York City’s competitive workforce.

Submitted by Alanna Vaughns on

For 44% of Brownsville, Brooklyn’s working age adults, the road to steady employment can seem almost hidden. Thousands of local residents - even those qualified for low-, mid-, and high-level positions - are still unable to find jobs despite their best efforts. Submitting applications online, visiting employment centers, and talking to potential employers in-person leads to a story many in Brownsville are too familiar with - basic job search tactics repeatedly yielding poor results.

Submitted by Alanna Vaughns on

Iona Holmes moved to Brownsville, Brooklyn over 25 years ago with her three young children. At first she was nervous, unsure of what to expect from her new neighbors and how to make it as a single mother. But Brownsville quickly became her home.

Submitted by Alanna Vaughns on

Keito Gray has dedicated his career to helping youth involved with the criminal justice system find work and positive, productive paths forward. Now, as a Community Based Organization Liaison and Youth Advocate Employment Specialist for the Center for Employment Opportunities, Keito is working in Brownsville, Brooklyn to lay the groundwork for a neighborhood-based model for job readiness and placement for local ex-offenders, parolees and ex-convicts.

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

Over the last 18 months, communities participating in our Zero: 2016 initiative have proven time and time again that, if the right people are at the table with the necessary tools for the job, no challenge is too great nor too complex to overcome. We’ve also made huge progress together: participating communities have helped more than 53,000 Americans leave homelessness for permanent housing, and four communities have ended veteran homelessness entirely!

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

Once a month, we bring you the story of an individual who has overcome obstacles to health, housing or employment. Today, we want to tell you about the progress being made across a whole community–– Fairfield County, CT–– which is working to end chronic homelessness.

(The county is part of the larger effort to end chronic homelessness across Connecticut, one of four states participating in our Zero: 2016 initiative.)

Here’s what’s happened so far in Fairfield County:

Submitted by Kashay Sanders on

Kashay Sanders is a Neighborhood Coach in our Consulting division. She is also our resident "people geek," a term that will make sense after you read her thoughts below about the introduction of employee self-organizing at Community Solutions.

Work Rules! is a People Management Manifesto written by Laszlo Bock, Google’s Senior Vice President of People Operations. It details the triumphs and difficulties of ensuring people feel supported in their roles and can maximize their strengths at Google.  

Submitted by Alanna Vaughns on

"I'm so proud of me." 

It's a sentiment Wafa Abdul-Saleem, a Brownsville, Brooklyn native, shares with a beaming smile. It has been one year since she started working as an Associate at Butter Beans, where she serves up all-natural school lunches. She absolutely loves the job.

Just as she doesn't shy from praising herself, Wafa also speaks candidly about not always having the confidence she exudes today.

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

“How many veterans need to be housed to reach functional zero?” This is one of the most common questions we encounter in our work with communities to end veteran homelessness. It also misses the point.

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