Help Save TEEI!

From TEEI: Please forward to supporters of the transgender community in San Francisco!

Come Show Your Support for the Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative San Francisco’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative (TEEI) just received the news that our valuable and innovative program is being cut from the San Francisco budget. The TEEI collaborative partners, who include the Transgender Law Center, the LGBT Community Center, Jewish Vocational Service and SF TEAM, were shocked when we learned that TEEI is being eliminated due to budget cuts at the Human Services Agency. We need your voice to save this crucial program! Tomorrow morning the San Francisco Human Services Commission is holding a hearing on the proposed budget cuts. Please join us! We need people to attend the hearing to show the Commissioners how important TEEI is to our community.

Save TEEI! 9:30 am TOMORROW (Thursday, April 22, 2010) Human Services Commission Hearing Born Auditorium 170 Otis Street (@ Octavia Blvd & Mission St), San Francisco TEEI is a one-of-a-kind program that helps transgender individuals find and retain good jobs. The program prioritizes community empowerment and includes comprehensive job search support, mentoring, and legal services and education. TEEI also works with employers to ensure workplaces are free of gender identity bias. To date, TEEI has helped place transgender people in over 125 jobs, even in this stark economy. Across California, transgender people experience unemployment and poverty at twice the statewide average. This economic injustice cannot be undone without comprehensive employment services addressing the unique needs of transgender job seekers. TEEI is at the forefront of ensuring the economic health of transgender San Franciscans, and is a model to communities across the county. San Francisco cannot afford to lose TEEI! Please come to tomorrow’s hearing and show your support! To stay up to date on TEEI, please visit our website at on Facebook at

If you have questions, please contact:
Kristina Wertz, Transgender Law Center, 415-865-0176
Davey Shlasko, Jewish Vocational Service, 415-782-6268
Clair Farley, SF LGBT Center, 415-865-5632

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