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Would You Hire a Homeless Person?
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3/15/2017
When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
From 7:30 until 9:30 AM
Where: The Plaza Club, 20th Floor
900 Fort Street Mall
Suite 2530
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813
United States
Contact: Landon Wong
8084970566


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Would you Hire a Homeless Person?

Homelessness is a complex and challenging problem that has grown over the decades. Through collaboration and coordination among local and federal governments, community groups, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, businesses, and concerned citizens, efforts are being made towards providing relief to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness.  How can employers contribute?

Join us on Wednesday, March 15, 7:30 AM at the Plaza Club to hear from a panel of specialists as they share their experience, strategies and the benefits to hiring people who are homeless.  Through sharing best practices and improving awareness, employers and HR professionals will help build a supportive workforce.

Part 1: Who are the homeless?

The panelists will share information to demystify myths surrounding the homeless population.  Local government and non-profit efforts will also be highlighted providing HR professionals current data and resources.

Takeaways:

  • Basic understanding of homelessness as it affects our community
  • Changed attitudes about homelessness
  • Awareness of current efforts to help end homelessness

Part 2: Benefits and Strategies

HR practitioners will provide business models on how they modified their hiring process to support hiring persons who are homeless.  Discussion will be facilitated on the benefits and other motivations (reasons) to hiring the homeless population.  Resources will also be provided for employers wanting additional information.

Takeaways:

  • Learn best practices and business models to support persons who are homeless
  • Learn benefits to hiring persons who are homeless
  • Knowledge of current resources to assist employers and potential employees who may be homeless 
Katy Chen, Chief Administrative Officer
Goodwill Hawaiʻi
Jan Harada, President & CEO
Helping Hands Hawaiʻi
Connie Mitchell, Executive Director
Institute for Human Services

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