Central City Concern has always had great fondness for Floyd's Coffee in the Old Town neighborhood. For many staff members, it’s an ad hoc office and place for quick meetings. For our Employment Specialists at our Employment Access Center, it’s the go-to spot to hold mock interviews with the people we serve to better prepare them for employment.
And when we asked Floyd’s co-owner Cris Chapman (right) if she might be interested in hiring some of our clients, not only did she say yes but she proceeded to create three unique, part-time jobs for some of our clients who needed an extra level of flexibility.
So for all of us who know Cris and co-owner Jack Inglis, it was no surprise that Floyd’s Coffee was selected as our first-ever Employer of the Year, recognized for their extraordinary contributions in helping individuals attain self-sufficiency. This recognition was made on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Portland City Hall at our annual Employment Access Center celebration where we honored more than 30 clients for exemplary achievements in attaining and retaining employment with more than 150 well wishers in the audience!
The event was a great night to celebrate people reaching their higher potential! Congratulations to all the clients whose hard work and commitment to obtaining employment was honored, as well as their families and friends. We also thank Mayor Charlie Hales for sharing City Hall, George Hocker for representing Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, and Patrick Gihring from Worksystems, Inc. for joining us and sharing their thoughts from the podium.