Hire Ground Program that Provides Work Experience for Panhandlers and Homeless Featured at This Week’s Thursday Morning Roundtable

Syracuse, N.Y. – John Tumino, founder of In My Father’s Kitchen, will discuss the progress of the Hire Ground program at a public forum from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday in the new community room at Syracuse University’s Nancy Cantor Warehouse in Syracuse. The forum is hosted by Syracuse University’s Thursday Morning Roundtable.

Launched in May by Tumino and his wife, Leigh-Ann Tumino, Hire Ground provides work experience for panhandlers and the unemployed homeless through day labor and connections to needed support services. The day jobs change periodically and workers receive a stipend at the end of the day’s work.

The workers also receive lunch and an opportunity to talk with a social worker who can connect them with services they may need to get back on their feet and into the workplace permanently. Hire Ground is modeled after a similar program started in Albuquerque, N.M., that has been replicated throughout the country.

The forum is free and open to the public, and coffee and refreshments will be served.

Public forum about the Hire Ground program with John Tumino, founder of In My Father’s Kitchen

John Tumino

8-9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.
Community room, 1st floor, Syracuse University’s Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St., Syracuse.

Parking: Free parking is available in both the East and West lots (off Washington and West Fayette streets), and on the street until 9 a.m.

Up Next: Ahmeed Turner, executive director for Say Yes to Syracuse, will speak at the Oct. 10 Thursday Morning Roundtable, and the Oct. 17 speaker is John Wildhack, Syracuse University’s director of athletics.

Thursday Morning Roundtable (TMR) is sponsored by Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement. TMR brings together a mix of citizens representing business, nonprofit, educational, and government organizations to examine community issues. Since its inception in 1965, more than 1,600 programs have been delivered to TMR audiences.