The idea of Hire-Ability started in 1997 when my Executive Director at RAMS, Inc. took me aside and said she learned that I had experience running a vocational program for people with mental health diagnosis. I did. I directed a program called Phoenix Enterprises when I was in my twenties. She told me she wanted to start a program that would help people with problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorders into jobs focusing on people who spoke Cantonese, Mandarin and Tagalog. In 1998 the program started. Hire-Ability has grown to serve hundreds and continues until today.
Here is an LA Times Article written about the Cafe Phoenix at Hire-Ability: