Mission: ACSS empowers homeless individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency and their ultimate potential to thrive in life.
Target demographics: Homeless adult men and women.
Programs: Our programs include CareerWorks, a job readiness training and placement program; Veterans Employment Assistance Program, a targeted initiative aimed at helping veterans re-integrate into the workforce; the ACSS/Gateway Recovery Program, a transitional housing program that provides substance abuse treatment to adult men in recovery; Café 458, a life stabilization program and restaurant for homeless adults with mental and physical disabilities; and an 8-Week Computer Training Program. Additionally, ACSS operates social enterprise ventures – Café 458 Weekend Brunch and CST Janitorial Services – which provide unrestricted revenue for the agency and job opportunities for homeless individuals.
I am a former board member, and have heard first hand many many success stories from graduates of the ACSS program. I think one of its keys is that they give clients all of the tools they need to get a job but the client ultimately gets the job him/herself, which preserves one's dignity and results in a significantly longer term of employment.