I am very honored to work for an organization whose mission is to end homelessness in the DMV. Homelessness often coexists with employment barriers, such as mental illness, addiction, and previous incarceration. Our employment center embraces a person-centered employment first model to facilitate participant stability. Employment First assumes that every participant is employable and has valuable skills to offer employers. This model, which involves staff training and flexible, sometimes unorthodox thinking requires a reframing of perceived barriers, particularly during job interviews. This allows us to build partnerships, identify potential employers, and generate successful testimonies from our program participants.