Community Engagement

We don’t just talk, we do.

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We partner with local and national organizations to ensure that we stay ahead of regulatory and policy changes that affect our agencies and their technology systems. Our partnerships allow us to stay connected to the latest trends and challenges in the human services world. We also use our extensive technology expertise to help educate our community on security, data analytics, and adapting to new technology.

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“Foothold has been a true partner with IARF and our members and we look forward to strengthening that partnership.”
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Josh Evans
President & CEO, IARF
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We are a Certified B Corporation

As a Certified B Corporation, Foothold Technology operates its business in accordance with the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.

AWARDS was developed by human services professionals for use by human services professionals. We built our software and our customer service model to strengthen the operations of human services agencies on every level, allowing them the freedom to focus on their missions. We have also joined the Pledge 1% movement, pledging 1% of our profit to our communities.

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Our Employees are Advocates

Throughout their lives, our employees have advocated for underserved communities through their leadership in nonprofits, advocacy associations, and community organizations. We’re highlighting some of the work that Foothold employees have done in their communities.

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Paul Rossi

Head of Customer Advocacy

Advocacy is a key component of Paul’s work within the Foothold Community and that extends to his local community as well. With a background serving and advocating for those living with HIV/AIDS as well as those living without housing, Paul actively supports local initiatives to address health disparities, housing affordability, community development, and hunger.

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Elliot Massuda

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Service has always been important to Elliot throughout his life, whether it be for his family and friends or the volunteer groups that he supports. His board leadership and volunteer experience at various organizations have lent him immeasurable experience and insight that he brings to his role as the Strategic Partnerships Manager at Foothold Technology. Elliot has held positions at four main non-profits: Chicago House Junior Board Member; President, Gotham Knights Rugby Football Club; Treasurer, Chicago Dragons Rugby Football Club; and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. All of his previous and current volunteer work has taught him how to navigate organizations and lead effectively to create positive impacts within the organization and the communities that they support. Most recently, he has had the opportunity to support the work at Lincoln Park Community Services and Top Box Foods.

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How an I/DD Agency Coordinates Services Throughout the Community

Founded: 1991

Clients Served: Over 500 Annually

At Unique People Services, staff members were meeting with individuals in the community and traveling back to the office to write their service plans. By streamlining their documentation, they are now able to spend more time with the people they serve.