Ready to Work

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A unique and highly-effective combination of employment, housing, and support that breaks the expensive cycles of homelessness, incarceration and chronic unemployment.

WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE IN THE FACE OF HOMELESSNESS.

Ready to Work is the first stepping stone to self-sufficiency. After one year, trainees graduate to mainstream jobs and permanent housing. Ready to Work has a success rate of 74%.

COLORADO’S ONLY WORK FIRST SOLUTION TO HOMELESSNESS

Ready to Work provides adults experiencing homelessness a unique opportunity to rebuild their lives through work. Our holistic approach combines three elements - paid work in a Ready to Work social enterprise, dormitory housing at a Ready to Work House, and case management support.

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HOUSING

Congregate living in Boulder and Aurora Ready to Work House:

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  • Provides

    trainees with a safe place to live in a supportive community

  • Has Capacity

    for 44 trainees in Boulder and 50 trainees in Aurora

  • Requires

    trainees pay up to 1/3 of their salary on room and board to build a rental history

  • Maintains

    a drug and alcohol-free living environment

SUPPORT

Supportive services for the individual and community:

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  • Includes

    recovery groups, onsite medical and dental care, and parenting classes

  • Provides

    financial management and incentives to encourage trainees to save 1/3 of their income

  • Offers

    career mentoring and job readiness classes

  • Has available

    aftercare services for Ready to Work Graduates to ensure long-term success in employment and housing

WORK

Employment in social enterprise:

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COMMUNITY TABLE KITCHEN has four competitive lines of business – catering, cafes, wholesale and mission-driven

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THE OUTDOOR CREW provides supplemental sanitation and landscaping to municipal and commercial customers

Operating in Two Locations In Metro Denver

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4747 Table Mesa Drive
Boulder CO 80305
720-325-7431

HOURS: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ready to Work has operated since 2012 in Boulder capacity for 44 adults

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3176 S. Peoria Court
Aurora, CO 80014
(720) 204-1100

HOURS: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ready to Work Aurora opened in 2018 capacity for 50

Compare The Costs

The Cost of Doing Nothing

Cost of Doing Nothing
$150k per year
for highest user of Boulder County detox, hospital and ambulance (BCPH)
$45k per year
for prison (CO DOC)
up to $550k per year
estimated for chronically homeless adult (USICH)

The Cost per RTW Trainee

RTW Trainee Costs
$40k
per trainee in 1 year Ready to Work program
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Community Cost for RTW Grad