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In 1988 a group of business professionals began a Job Club at the Federal City Shelter in downtown DC. Their idea was to provide one-on-one mentoring; supportive services such as transportation, tools and uniforms; and training to help the residents find jobs that would lead to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. The Job Club flourished, and the following year Jobs for Homeless People, as we were then known, received a grant through the McKinney-Vento Act to create a pilot program in the shelter.

Officially incorporated in 1989, JHP's model has proven to be successful at helping people transform their lives through meaningful employment and permanent housing. The organization legally changed its name in 1993 to JHP, Inc., an acronym that stands for both Jobs for Homeless People and Jobs Have Priority, names that reflect our mission. JHP's first focus is to make sure our client's basic needs are addressed.

Once this is achieved we start on the solutions-education and employment-that are going to help our clients move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

read more › Lacy has worked with the agency for 21 years, beginning his tenure as a volunteer. He works closely with staff providing direct oversight for all JHP sites and service delivery programs. He also serves as JHP's liaison to governmental and social service agencies and mentors and supports staff and our program participants. Through the years, he has become a strong advocate for homeless services and a compassionate, yet vocal, community leader. Ensuring that staff and consumer needs are met, he is simply the calm in the middle of a storm.

read more › Macy Roberts has over 10 years' experience in the social work field. Graduating from Ashford University in 2017 she received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a focus in family and child welfare. She has experience working within the fields of policy and advocacy, and has been greatly involved with housing and homelessness prevention within Prince George's County. While this career path can be been challenging, Macy excels within it, finding it very rewarding and fulfilling. Macy is a dedicated professional with strong organizational skills and thoroughness that are vital when assisting consumers through the various steps of their transitions.

read more › This year alone, JHP has provided shelter for a total of 235 men, women, and children and has assisted over 209 individuals into permanent housing. Not only have we guided 200 of our clients to gain employment, but we have also supported 174 individuals to maintain their employment after a year. At the conclusion of its last fiscal year, FY19, the agency provided outreach and critical supportive services to 634 individuals, inclusive of 92 children. These results alone show our commitment to our mission, by leading our consumers towards a path of self-sufficiency.

read more › JHP's success is based on the support of so many - employers, volunteers and community groups. If you have some time to share, we want you! Short on time but want to help move homeless individuals from dependency to self-sufficiency? You can by making a donation to support our ongoing programs or helping us meet our needs. Every dollar makes a difference.

read more › Helping homeless individuals secure gainful employment is dependent on a number of things including a company's willingness to hire them. Thanks to many companies in the region, JHP has placed thousands of our clients in permanent jobs and put them on the road to self-sufficiency. We work with companies in various industries including healthcare, maintenance, hospitality, food service, security, construction and office administration. We depend on our employment partners along with a number of staffing companies to place our participants in employment.

read more › Jobs Have Priority (JHP's) job fairs have been a wonderful experience for our company, MarcParcValet, Inc. JHP consistently has great candidates, such as our honored veterans, for our many positions at their job fairs. JHP is a professional organization that works with our company and goes that extra mile to see that we can connect with as many qualified candidates as possible. JHP works with you to understand what types of positions you need to fill and what kind of skills and training is required.

read more › Health care, oral health care and mental health care providers, accountants, employee training instructors, research associates and professional groomers. Help JHP participants either one-on-one or in a group setting with interviewing skills, general people skills, resume writing, mock interviews, nutritional planning and financial/budgeting. We are grateful to the many volunteer groups who do so much to help JHP and the individuals we serve. The groups below have and continue to provide meals to the residents at Prince George's House.

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