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San Francisco Collaboration Named Semi-Finalist for the Lodestar Foundation’s $250,000 Collaboration Prize


San Francisco, CA, December 05, 2008 --(PR.com)-- The Supportive Housing Employment Collaborative (SHEC) was recently named as a semi-finalist for The Lodestar Foundation’s inaugural Collaboration Prize.

This $250,000 award is “presented to the most successful collaboration in the nonprofit world” and was created “to encourage collaboration among nonprofits in order to eliminate duplication and create efficiency.” The SHEC was among 30 semi-finalists named out of an applicant pool of over 600 entrants from across the United States.

REDF President, Carla I. Javits, says nominating the SHEC for this award was an opportunity to raise awareness about the need for employment for formerly homeless individuals. “The SHEC’s work is particularly critical during this economic crisis. Not only are they a best-in-class collaboration – leveraging public and private resources effectively – but the end user, the homeless woman or man who gets that first job, is uniquely vulnerable at a time when unemployment rates are skyrocketing.”

The SHEC was formed in 2001 by five San Francisco agencies that manage permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless. The collaboration coordinates vocational training and job-placement services for the tenants of its member agencies. Since its inception, the SHEC has facilitated the employment of more than 600 tenants in jobs ranging from clerking, counseling, and managerial positions at their supportive housing sites to jobs at local nonprofits and businesses.

REDF portfolio member Community Housing Partnership (CHP) is the lead agency for the SHEC. In 2007, CHP launched CHP-Enterprises, a third-party property management company currently providing desk-clerk and unit turnover services to supportive housing organizations in San Francisco. CHP-Enterprises is a model employment program for the SHEC and other supportive housing programs throughout the City and nationwide.

About the Supportive Housing Employment Collaborative (SHEC) (www.chp-sf.org/housing_employ.html)

The Supportive Housing Employment Collaborative (SHEC) was formed in 2001 by five San Francisco agencies that manage permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless. It was formed to fill the need for vocational training and job-placement services for the formerly homeless tenants of its member agencies. Each of the SHEC’s member agencies, in addition to providing supportive housing, is also a private employer with the potential to offer long-term employment, with opportunities for advancement, to qualified tenants. Since its inception, the SHEC has facilitated the employment of more than 600 tenants in jobs ranging from clerking, counseling, and managerial positions at their supportive housing sites to jobs at local nonprofits and businesses.

Community Housing Partnership is the lead agency for the collaborative, which is governed by the Executive Directors of each member agency. Other members currently are: Chinatown Community Development Center, Conard House, Episcopal Community Services, Hamilton Family Center, Mercy Housing and Swords to Plowshares.

Contact: Theresa Howe, Director of Fund Development, (415) 929-2470, info@chp-sf.org

About REDF (www.redf.org)
REDF is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to create job opportunities and pathways to employment for people with the greatest barriers to work.

Founded in 1997 by George R. Roberts (Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.), REDF has been a leader in the field of “social enterprise” – helping establish nonprofit-operated business ventures that provide employment opportunities for people overcoming histories of incarceration, addiction, mental illness and homelessness. REDF-supported social enterprises have employed more than 3,500 people and our current goal is put 1,000 more people in jobs by 2010.

Contact: Carla I. Javits, President, (415) 561-6677, info@redf.org

About The Lodestar Foundation and the Collaboration Prize (www.lodestarfoundation.org)
The Lodestar Foundation is the creator and current funder of the Prize. The mission of The Lodestar Foundation is to maximize the growth and impact of philanthropy. This mission is fulfilled, in part, by supporting collaborations that increase impact and eliminate duplication of efforts among nonprofits that would otherwise compete. In support of this mission, Lodestar seeks to identify achievements in collaboration as models for inspiration and replication in the nonprofit world.

The Collaboration Prize recognizes collaborations among two or more nonprofit organizations that each would otherwise provide the same or similar programs or services and compete for clients, financial resources and staff. The Prize also seeks to build an information base of effective practice models that can be studied and used by academics, nonprofit leaders and grantmakers to inspire and advance their work.

Contact: Lois Savage, President, (602) 956-2699, lsavage@lodestarfoundation.org

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