There’s No Place Like Home

    Posted on May 20, 2019

    Is Housing a Real Issue? Safe, affordable, high quality housing is as rare as a unicorn. If housing for low-wage earners is affordable, it’s not safe, it’s a long commute, and it can make it difficult for low-wage earners to hold a job. Here’s why finding affordable housing is, by far, the most challenging problem […]Read More

    The Flat Tire Calamity

    Posted on May 14, 2019

    Transportation- is it an issue? People experiencing transportation insecurity are uncertain about the timely and reliable availability of transportation for themselves and the other people for whom they are responsible. Put simply, people uncertain about the availability of transportation are not in control of when they get to work, have no control over when they […]Read More

    Meet ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed

    Posted on May 03, 2019

    Why do I want to know ALICE? For competitive reasons, you want to know ALICE. Really? For competitive reasons? Yes. ALICE can drastically improve the productivity of your workforce. ALICE is:  Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.  It’s an acronym coined in 2009 by a United Way organization in New Jersey that identifies issues negatively impacting […]Read More

    What Makes Someone Economically Fragile?

    Posted on April 29, 2019

    Who Are The Economically Fragile? How Can I Spot Them? Economically fragile people are uncertain about the continuous availability of life’s basic necessities for themselves and other people for whom they are responsible.  Economically fragile people routinely experience financial insecurity, food insecurity, housing insecurity, and transportation insecurity. Truth is that not all low wage earners […]Read More

    What’s the Opposite of Poverty?

    Posted on April 22, 2019

    Poverty vs. Dignity If you guessed that the opposite of poverty is wealth, you are in the majority.  You are also incorrect. Let’s set everybody straight.  The opposite of poverty is not wealth.  It’s dignity.  Low wage earners are very aware of their undignified, precarious existence.  Stability in family life, manageable financial obligations, feeling part […]Read More

    Higher Pay for Low Wage Workers Is Not Enough

    Posted on April 15, 2019

    I’ll just pay employees higher wages, they will stay no matter how they are treated!   The January 2019  jobs report from the US Department of Labor shows the average US worker isn’t seeing much change in wages since the Great Recession in 2009. The big guys, Walmart, Gap, and Aetna, are increasing worker pay, […]Read More

    Work For Me! Work For Me!

    Posted on April 08, 2019

    Job Growth-  Are there Really Jobs Out There For Everyone? In January 2019, the US economy added 304,000 jobs.  Meanwhile, the unemployment rate is hovering around 4%.  Essentially, almost everybody with the desire and the capability to work has a job and they can probably switch jobs with relative ease. Here’s the concise summary: Job […]Read More

    Solid Business Reasons to Care about Economically Fragile Workers

    Posted on April 01, 2019

    Why Should My Business Care About The Economically Fragile Worker? There are at least four good reasons to care about economically fragile workers: (1) Business expansion is constrained by a lack of available labor and tapping into the talent pool of economically fragile people is imperative; (2) Efforts to influence economically fragile people repeatedly fail […]Read More

    Welcome to the Team Dasher Blog!

    Posted on March 25, 2019

    Starting A Movement! Dasher is starting a movement to improve the lives of low-wage, economically-fragile workers by creating a community of like-minded businesses actively engaged in solutions that help economically-fragile workers become economically stable. We will share a new way of thinking about a long-standing problem — reducing high turnover in low wage jobs. We […]Read More

    What We’ve Learned: Clearing the Hurdles to Prenatal Care

    Posted on March 10, 2017

    Dasher Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been connecting Medicaid members with prenatal care since our pilot program began November 1, 2016.  We’ve learned a lot since then and have begun to think of connecting members with the care they need as similar to running hurdles – you need to get over the one in front […]Read More

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