Join Ready to Work

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 operates two market-based social enterprises to employ trainees and earn revenue to support the organization.
  • We strive for 75% of trainees to graduate from the program with full time jobs and independent housing.
  • Ready to Work earns 45% of our operating budget through social enterprises.
  • The cost per unit at Ready to Work house is $85K in capital vs. $450K per unit for traditional housing units.
  • Ready to Work fills an important gap in the homeless service continuum for adults with the capacity and desire to get back to work full-time.
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COLORADO’S ONLY WORK FIRST SOLUTION TO HOMELESSNESS

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HOUSING

Congregate living in Boulder and Aurora Ready to Work House:

  • Provides trainees with a safe place to live in a supportive community
  • Has capacity is 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
  • Is a drug and alcohol-free living environment

SUPPORT

Supportive services for the individual and community:

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

WORK

Employment in social enterprise:

Community Table Kitchen or the Outdoor Crew

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

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