How the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is Helping Employers Find New Talent

Crain’s Cleveland Business Nov. 9, 2014

By Timothy Magaw

Flying Fig restaurant owner and chef Karen Small knows all too well the perils of posting job openings on Craigslist or other websites.

In many cases, those postings lead to a lot of interviewing and not much hiring.

“It’s kind of a nightmare to absorb that kind of time and not get anything out of it,” said Small, whose modest eatery is nestled on Market Avenue in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.

However, about a year ago, she got a call from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Cleveland offering up a pre-screened worker and a promise to cover 50% of that person’s hourly wages during the training period.

The offer was part of a pilot program the nonprofit launched to provide more opportunities in the culinary industry for Northeast Ohio’s unemployed poor who want to work but lack experience or job-training accessibility …

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