Bridge House’s Transitional Work and Housing Program

A hand up for the homeless men and women in Boulder

Ready to Work Goals:

  • To provide a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless individuals through paid work
  • Change perception of homeless individuals in the community and with employers
  • Address persistent barriers impacting the ability of homeless individuals to work and find housing
  • Develop a sustainable transitional employment business model

 Program overview:

  • Up to 48 trainees selected based on an application, intake and orientation process
  • 20 hours a week paid transitional work in supplemental sanitation and landscaping or culinary arts social enterprise
  • Up to 5 hours per week of support services including case management, drug-testing, life skills training, and financial management to prepare trainees for independent living
  • After 1 year working, trainees will seek full-time, mainstream employment and housing

Projected program outcomes:

  • Employment – 80% of trainees who enter will obtain full-time mainstream employment after participation in Ready to Work.
  • Savings – 100% of trainees will save 30% of their income, approximately $1,000 after 6 months.
  • Sobriety – Trainees will remain clean and sober and set standard for other Bridge House clients.
  • Identification – 100% of Ready to Work participants will have proper ID.
  • Clean up work barriers – 100% will improve employability by working with case management to address barriers such as criminal background and child support.

Community outcomes:

  • Create culture of work for homeless individuals ready to work.
  • Increase financial support of Bridge House from community members who prioritize employment as a solution for homelessness.

Ready to Work housing update

The Ready to Work House and Employment Center opened August 2015 at 4747 Table Mesa Drive. Purchased and renovated by Bridge House, this community houses 48 individuals working in the Ready to Work program. Ready to Work is Bridge House’s employment program that provides paid jobs, vocational training and support services to individuals re-entering the workforce and stable housing. Ready to Work is recognized as a best practice nationally and locally. Ready to Work operates two businesses – exterior maintenance and food service.

Individuals live at Ready to Work House for about one year and will be working, participating in case management, financial management and vocational development as a condition of residency. Residents will be screened, selected based on eligibility for Ready to Work and participating in program services prior to residency. Residents are required to be clean and sober. All residents of 4747 Table Mesa  work a minimum of 20 and 30 hours per week, attend classes, pay room and board, and participate in maintaining the building. The property is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days per week by trained management and program personnel.

Progress to date – as of Dec 2014

  • Job Placement– 19 Trainees have found mainstream work
  • Earned Revenue– $232,915 secured in contracts
  • New industry-specific training – culinary arts

Click here for more information about our Community Table catering and our culinary arts program.

Does your company want to hire a Ready to Work graduate?

Or for more information, contact

Tim Arnold: Employment Specialist


  • Say hello to the men and women of Ready to Work when you see them working hard in City parks and business districts – thank them for their work and congratulate them on accepting the opportunity to change their lives.
  • Educate your friends, colleagues and neighbors about Ready to Work – encourage them to learn more about this win/win solution to help the homeless help themselves while keeping our community clean.
  • If someone on the street approaches you for money and says they need a job, refer them to Ready to Work.
  • Consider contracting with Ready to Work for your company’s maintenance, custodial, landscaping or catering needs.
  • Consider hiring a graduate of Ready to Work as a full-time employee in your business.

If you have specific inquiries please contact