First Step Staffing (FSS) was founded to close the employment gap for economically vulnerable citizens taking steps towards self-sufficiency. Without a stable income, FSS clients, individuals experiencing homelessness, veterans, and returning citizens, lack access to basic necessities, like stable housing and food. FSS clients often have limited to no work history/skills, low educational achievement/literacy skills, lack of communication/soft skills, unsupportive or no active social networks, and traditional barriers, like lack of transportation and childcare. Many suffer from mild physical and/or mental disabilities. Despite having a readiness and willingness to work, they have been unable to find a willing employer. The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health crisis, it is an economic one, disproportionately affecting those living in poverty. Now, more than ever, it is critical that our clients have access to income. Over the last weeks, First Step has seen a decrease in jobs in some sectors (hospitality/events) while others have growing demand. To connect our clients to these jobs, FSS is investing in more supportive services, like transportation getting clients to work safely daily. Coaches and onsite managers are investing more time to support clients. In short, as FSS’s revenue has decreased due to slowdown in sales in some sectors, expenses on supportive services have increased, and demand for steady employment is growing daily. With operations in Atlanta, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Southern California, support will allow FSS to continue connecting our most vulnerable citizens to income during this crisis.