In 2009 Dennis lost his full time job. Unable to find steady employment Dennis ended up living on the streets. He spent his days selling the Denver Voice and his nights camping or at the warming center. “On the street I found that my faith in God is what got me through the really rough times.” Dennis reflects. He also believes that Bridge House was a lifesaver as he felt like he was drowning out on the streets alone.
The community at Bridge House and the volunteers gave Dennis a sense of normalcy compared to his chaotic life on the street.
While looking for employment while he was homeless, Dennis hit many dead ends. Once employers found out he was homeless he is application was often overlooked.
Dennis wanted a job, an opportunity to get his life back to the way it was before he was homeless. In December Dennis found that opportunity and joined Bridge House’s Ready to Work Program – Boulder’s first transitional employment program helping homeless men and women to reenter the workforce.
Employment is the cornerstone of independence. Not only did Dennis gain income to support himself his self-esteem grew tremendously. “Just knowing that I have a reason to wake up in the morning makes my life is so much better than it was a year ago and I have a huge sense of hope again. “ By Dennis accepting the opportunity to participate in the Ready to work Program he now has a job with paid employment. With his savings he was able to put a deposit down and move into an apartment in Boulder. Dennis is no longer homeless due to his strength, courage and commitment to changing his life through hard work.