Community Organizations

These organizations help people with a criminal history get a job. You can get help with your resume, cover letter, job search, and more. Some even help with ID documents. Most require some sort of orientation. Look on websites and call for more info.

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Activate Workforce Solutions

1580 Logan Street, Suite 740, Denver CO 80203

Denver Metro

Denver

Activate Workforce Solutions provides free help for adult men and women looking to get into a fulltime career path job. They partner with many types of employers, from health care to manufacturing to apprenticeships. It's a great organization to get the coaching you need to become the best employee you can be. The first step is to contact Activate for a 10-15 minutes pre-screen by phone. They also require six months of sobriety and recent consistent work experience.

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AuroraWorks

10139 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora CO 80010

Denver Metro

Aurora

Through CommunityWorks, AuroraWorks provides career preparation & placement. Participants who complete their job seeker workshop are matched with an employment coach who provides individualized job search assistance to include resume preparation, e-mail setup if needed, interview coaching, job leads, and community referrals for housing, transportation, healthcare, counseling, childcare, food and other support services. In addition, they provide life skills assistance to help address other issues related to success--financial management, time management, conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, reconciliation, and interpersonal communication skills. Call or email through the website link to get started. Click on the pdf to learn more!

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Bayaud Enterprises

333 West Bayaud Avenue, Denver CO 80223

Denver Metro

Denver

Bayaud Enterprises helps people seeking employment, struggling with homelessness, and people with disabilities. They have a Career Center that helps with computer skills, job search and placement help, opportunities for short-term employment, and more. When you call, you'll be set up with an intake appointment to talk about the programs and services they provide.

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CastleRockWorks

1638 Park Street, Castle Rock CO 80109

Southeast

Castle Rock

Through CommunityWorks, CastleRockWorks provides career preparation & placement. Participants who complete their job seeker workshop are matched with an employment coach who provides individualized job search assistance to include resume preparation, e-mail setup if needed, interview coaching, job leads, and community referrals for housing, transportation, healthcare, counseling, childcare, food and other support services. In addition, they provide life skills assistance to help address other issues related to success--financial management, time management, conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, reconciliation, and interpersonal communication skills. Call or email through the website link to get started. Click on the pdf to learn more!

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CDOC Denver Community Re-entry Center

940 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

Denver Metro

Denver

The Colorado Department of Corrections has a Community Re-entry Center that provides help preparing for and finding a job. The Center is for people on parole only. Ask your parole officer or the Community Reentry Specialist for a referral to the Employment and Training Navigator with the Center. This person can connect you to jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.

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Center for Employment Opportunities

888 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 110, Colorado Springs CO 80907

Southeast

Colorado Springs

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. They provide people returning home from incarceration immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services. In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides wraparound vocational support services: on days you are not working, you'll receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once you're in a full-time position, CEO continues working with you for a year to ensure you have the support you need to grow in your career.

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Center for Employment Opportunities

3532 Franklin Street, Suite S, Denver, CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. They provide people returning home from incarceration immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services. In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides wraparound vocational support services: on days you are not working, you'll receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once you're in a full-time position, CEO continues working with you for a year to ensure you have the support you need to grow in your career.

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Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE)

1175 Osage Street, Suite 300, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

CWEE provides an integrated education and employment program for the busy adult. CWEE’s program includes comprehensive services to help people gain and sustain quality employment long-term. CWEE’s instructors focus on retaining participants and advancing them from one phase to the next. At CWEE you will be assigned to a designated team of professionals who will help you access resources, training and career exploration opportunities and skills to be competitive in today’s job market. CWEE’s classes are available 24/7 and include 1:1 career coaching. If needed, access to technology is provided. CWEE’s program is self-paced and people complete between 6-12 weeks. CWEE works with more than 150 employers and our network becomes your network. Interested in learning more, visit our website (www.cwee.org) or call us at 303.892.8444.

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ColoradoSpringsWorks

3750 Astrozon Blvd, Suite 120, Colorado Springs CO 80910

Southeast

Colorado Springs

Through CommunityWorks, ColoradoSpringsWorks provides career preparation & placement. Participants who complete their job seeker workshop are matched with an employment coach who provides individualized job search assistance to include resume preparation, e-mail setup if needed, interview coaching, job leads, and community referrals for housing, transportation, healthcare, counseling, childcare, food and other support services. In addition, they provide life skills assistance to help address other issues related to success--financial management, time management, conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, reconciliation, and interpersonal communication skills. Call or email through the website link to get started. Click on the pdf to learn more!

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CrossPurpose

3050 Richard Allen Court, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

CrossPurpose provides a free six-month course to help you design and advance in a career. You'll have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized credential in the medical field (medical assisting, medical admin, CNA, medical billing and coding), IT, finance, or construction and the trades. You'll also learn about interviews, writing resumes, developing professional skills, and more. Call to get started, or you can now apply online using their website!

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DenverWorks

929 29th Street, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

Through CommunityWorks, DenverWorks provides career preparation & placement. Participants who complete their job seeker workshop are matched with an employment coach who provides individualized job search assistance to include resume preparation, e-mail setup if needed, interview coaching, job leads, and community referrals for housing, transportation, healthcare, counseling, childcare, food and other support services. In addition, they provide life skills assistance to help address other issues related to success--financial management, time management, conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, reconciliation, and interpersonal communication skills. Call or email through the website link to get started. Click on the pdf to learn more!

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Dress for Success–Denver

2425 S Colorado Blvd, #200 Denver CO 80222

Denver Metro

Denver

From head to toe, Dress for Success can outfit you to look your best! Dress for Success--Denver provides professional clothing at no cost to women who are seeking economic independence. If you need clothing for a job interview, you'll need to be referred by a parole officer, re-entry specialist, probation officer, or community organization (see Community Organizations in the Jobs section for a long list). If you already have a job and need clothing, you may call the office directly to arrange a time to come in. This is also a great opportunity for people who self-identify as female (including those who still display as masculine) to get help with professional clothing.

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Empowerment Program

1600 York St, Denver CO 80206

Denver Metro

Denver

Empowerment Program provides education, employment assistance, health, housing referrals, and support services for women who are in disadvantaged positions due to incarceration, poverty, homelessness, HIV/AIDS infection, and/or involvement in the criminal justice system. Call to make an appointment for their orientation which is held every Wednesday at 1:30pm. All services are free. LGBTQ friendly. Safety, support, trauma-informed help, relapse prevention, peer educators: they're all at Empowerment. EP is also a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry services for women coming out of prison.

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Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) Job Center

3721 Evergreen Parkway, Suite 6, Evergreen CO 80439

Denver Metro

Evergreen

Evergreen Christian Outreach, known as EChO, provides basic services to help people become self-sufficient. Their job center provides employment connections and referrals, job training, and more. The area served includes Evergreen, Kittredge, Idledale, Lookout Mountain, Genessee, Indian Hills, Morrison foothills, and 285 west of C-470 up to and including Conifer. Located inside the Resale Shop at the Evergreen North Shopping Center, upstairs in suite 6. They also have a community organization that helps with food and other needs at 27640 Highway 74 in Evergreen. See Community Agencies under Essentials on Remerg.com for the listing.

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Hope House of Sterling

212 N. 3rd Street, Sterling CO 80751

Northeast

Sterling

Hope House of Sterling provides a safe and healthy haven for men, women, and families in northeast Colorado. Their Division Campus is for women and families and fully furnished. Their 3rd Street Campus is for single men and provides shared bedrooms with a shared kitchen and dining area. They are a WAGEES community partner and work with people coming out of DOC as well as with people on probation (and other situations on a case-by-case basis). Services include case management, connections to resources, classes, group therapy, faith-based services, life skills, and much more. You will need to fill out an application to be accepted. Call to learn more and to ask for an application.

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Life-Line

1212 Mariposa Street, Denver, CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

Life-Line works with people of all ages who struggle with substance abuse and/or are transitioning out of gangs or incarceration. They provide counseling, mentoring, case management, pro-social activities, life skills, resource connections, career exploration and job readiness training. Life-Line is a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry help for people coming out of prison. They specialize in programs that support fatherhood, gang disengagement, substance abuse, and aggression replacement.

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Loaves & Fishes Ministry

241 Justice Center Road, Canon City CO 81212

Southeast

Canon City

Loaves & Fishes Ministry in Fremont County provides a food pantry, clothing bank, emergency shelter, housing assistance, transportation, connections to medical and mental health care, and financial assistance. Loaves & Fishes is a WAGEES grant recipient and provides re-entry services for people leaving prison in Colorado. This includes help with employment.

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Mi Casa Resource Center

345 S Grove Street, Denver CO 80219

Denver Metro

Denver

Mi Casa Resource Center believes in the potential of all people to achieve their educational, professional, and entrepreneurial goals. Mi Casa works with the Latino community, working families, and immigrants. They provide workplace skills training (including resume, cover letter, references,) financial literacy courses, legal clinic, mental health counseling, tax preparation, and education programs. Mi Casa also supports entrepreneurs, helping them explore, launch, and grow their business through bilingual consulting, in-depth training, and a variety of business-related workshops and resources.

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Saint Francis Center Employment Services

1400 N. Williams Street (inside Althea Center), Denver CO 80218

Denver Metro

Denver

Saint Francis Center Employment Services works with individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness and those that are currently or previously justice involved. They address barriers to employment, providing comprehensive case management and workforce development. They also offer a rapid re-housing program, direct support, and transportation assistance. Guests are welcome to utilize their full service computer lab. All resources are available to guests once they have completed a one time orientation, held every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 am. Please call to get started.

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Second Chance Center

9722 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80010

Denver Metro

Aurora

Second Chance Center provides formerly incarcerated people and their network with education, resources, and support to successfully re-enter the community and cultivate a rewarding life. Services provided include mentoring, cognitive restructuring, pre-release and post-release planning, housing connections, employment services, transportation, addiction counseling, relationship counseling, fitness training, food and clothing, and art therapy. COVID-19 UPDATE: As of June 2020, SCC staff are working staggered shifts. You'll find a list of SCC staff with phone numbers and email addresses on their Facebook page along with information about virtual meetings and more. If you are not already a client, call Sandra Larson at 720-297-6788 for an initial intake interview.

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Second Chances Denver

3500 South Logan Street, Englewood CO 80113

Denver Metro

Englewood

Second Chances Denver helps women learn valuable job skills and receive life skills guidance and technology education from volunteer coaches and peer mentors. Their focus area includes Englewood, Sheridan, Littleton, and western Centennial. To get started, you must call the number below or email Claire at claire@secondchancesdenver.org. Their focus is women, especially single mothers and grandmothers.

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Servicios de la Raza

3131 West 14th Avenue, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

Servicios de la Raza is a bilingual nonprofit that provides many different programs, including health enrollment; basic emergency services such as food and clothing, mental health program, HIV/Aids services, services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and an apprenticeship program for people wanting a job in the trades. Servicios is a WAGEES grant recipient and provides a re-entry program for people leaving prison in Colorado.

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Solid Rock Community Development Corporation

2520 Arlington Drive, Colorado Springs CO 80910

Southeast

Colorado Springs

Solid Rock Community Development Corporation provides the Fresh Start Investment Program free to people who live in southeast Colorado Springs who have been in the criminal justice system. The Program provides one-on-one consulting and assistance with starting your own business, preferably in southeast Colorado Springs. If you live in the area and want to know more, give them a call at 719-393-7625, or email them at srcdc@solidrockcdc.com.

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Southeast Health Group WAGEES

711 Barnes Avenue, La Junta CO 81050

Southeast

La Junta

Southeast Health Group is a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry services. They cover six counties in southeast Colorado: Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Bent, Prowers, and Baca. Services include goal-setting, connections toward those goals such as employment, recovery, housing, ID documents, clothes, shoes and tools for work, education, and more. Call to make an appointment.

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Southern Colorado Criminal Justice Peer Navigator

Southeast, Southwest

The southern Colorado criminal resource navigator helps people in southern Colorado connect to resources and help in 12 counties, from Mineral to Prowers. You don't have to be justice-involved. She'll help any human being with anything. She has basic hygiene, family reunification, recovery and MAT services, employment, and many more connections. Call and leave a message and she'll get back to you within a day or two.

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The Gathering Place

1535 High Street, Denver CO 80218

Denver Metro

Denver

The Gathering Place provides help for women, transgender individuals, and their children. They provide a wide range of programs and services, including meals, food bank, family program, showers, laundry, phone access, mail access, nap room, health services, clothing bank, high school equivalency preparation, job readiness, a computer lab, and more!

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The Pinon Project

210 E Main Street, Cortez CO 81321

Southwest

Cortez

The Pinon Project is a family resource center that provides help with family programs (parenting support, check and connect for youth, helping at-risk children, fatherhood programs, support group for parents with children with challenging behaviors and diagnosis, safe care for infant care, supervised visitation and emergency services for those facing eviction or a utility crisis). As a WAGEES grant recipient, they can refer you to help with finding a job, housing, education, peer group, and other programs in the area. COVID-19 UPDATE: They are providing support by phone and virtual classes. You may call for help with community resources.

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Thrive–Transformation at Work

400 West South Boulder Road, Suite 1700, Lafayette, CO 80026

Denver Metro

Lafayette

Thrive--Transformation at Work is an employment support program that helps people overcome barriers and work their way to self-sufficiency and stability through employment. Thrive offers a four-day employment workshop for those who are unemployed or underemployed. Individuals are then paired with an employment coach that walks alongside them for one year. In addition, they have a network of employers in a wide range of industries. The first step for you would be to fill out an application on the Thrive website. Employers can complete an employer partner application on the website as well.

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Transition from Jail to Community Collaborative (TJCC)

1391 Delaware Street, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

TJCC helps people released from Denver County Jail within 12 months connect to the resources they need, including mental health and substance abuse counseling, help getting a job, including regular job fairs, help getting ID documents, and help signing up for benefits. COVID-19 UPDATE: Call first. They are meeting with scheduled visits.

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Urban Peak

1630 S Acoma Street, Denver CO 80223

Denver Metro

Denver

Urban Peak’s Employment and Training Services team aids youth ages 15 -24 experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness. Services include Job Readiness Training (JRT), career training services, job search assistance, job placement and job retention services. All services are free and individualized.

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Urban Peak

423 Cucharras Street, Colorado Springs CO 80903

Southeast

Colorado Springs

Urban Peak’s Employment and Training Services team aids youth ages 15 -24 experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness. Services include Job Readiness Training (JRT), career training services, job search assistance, job placement and job retention services. All services are free and individualized.

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Women’s Bean Project

3201 Curtis St, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

Women’s Bean Project operates a food manufacturing business, while providing support as you move forward on your new path towards self-sufficiency. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary job readiness and life skills needed to set you on a pathway for long-term success. They hire women who come from all walks of life and different backgrounds who are struggling to get or keep a job. If you are in a similar situation, they urge you to apply to work in their 7 month transitional employment program. You must be at least 21 years of age and have a history of unemployment to qualify. Here’s what you can expect during your time at Women’s Bean Project: Full-time paid employment as a Production Assistant, working Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM over the course of 7 months. Program classes such as computer training, budgeting, adult education, resume writing, interview skills, conflict resolution, healthy relationships & self-improvement. Assistance with navigating basic needs resources for child care, housing, transportation, food, medical and dental services. Personalized job coaching and group sessions to provide you with professional skills and support as you move into your next chapter. How to Apply: They hire MONTHLY. APPLY IN-PERSON MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at Women’s Bean Project, 3201 Curtis Street Denver, CO 80205

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