More and more businesses are incorporating diversity and inclusion as key components in their business strategy, and research consistently shows that people who have experienced homelessness want to work and that a substantial number can secure and retain jobs, but need help overcoming barriers to employment. WorkWithUs is currently collaborating with businesses that are looking for a unique way to contribute to their community while meeting their workforce needs, as well as with supportive housing providers to ensure individuals are supported in making a smooth transition into employment – helping them achieve their career, financial and self-sufficiency goals. These job opportunities make a significant difference in the lives of individuals who are now stably housed and ready to move forward with their lives and become fully contributing members of society.
WorkWithUs is proud to be nominated in two of the Untapped Gala Awards categories this year. The UnTapped Gala Awards 2018 celebrates BC businesses and individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to fostering diverse and inclusive workplaces. These include WorkWithUs Foundation being nominated for the Diverse and Inclusive Culture Champion – Social Enterprise & Non-Profit Organization Award; and Kate Perkins, WorkWithUs Operating Manager being nominated for the Diverse and Inclusive Champion – Strong Voices Award.
The Non-Profit Organization category recognizes those organizations that go beyond having a mission to serve the community, but as an employer, walk the talk in demonstrating a sense of diversity and inclusion to their own workplace.
The Strong Voices Award winner is someone who is an outspoken and positive role model for diversity and inclusion in their community. By taking the spotlight, whether in the media, in public, or online, this award winner shines a light on the benefits of integrating different groups into the workforce and is an icon for positive change.