Karen Escovitz is the Associate Director of Employment Initiatives at Project H.O.M.E. in Philadelphia, PA where she oversees Supported Employment Services as well as two social enterprise businesses that provide employment opportunities for homeless and formerly homeless individuals. For the past 12 years, her work has been focused on the improvement of employment services and opportunities for individuals living with psychiatric and other episodic disabilities and on implementation of evidence based and recovery-oriented service principles.
Previously a Project Director at the Matrix Center @ Horizon House, Karen directed KEEP, a 3-year research demonstration project providing employment services to PLHA in Philadelphia. In her efforts to disseminate the results of this project, she convened the Working Positive Summit Conference in April of 2003, which was the catalyst for the formation of the National Working Positive Coalition.