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


  • 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.




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


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


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

Ready to Work

Blog Updates

Read our blog and stay up to date on the exciting happenings at Ready to Work!

It’s our 5th Anniversary of Ready to Work House in Boulder!

This week marks the 5th Anniversary of Ready to Work House at 4747 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder! On August 12, 2015 Ready to Work House opened its doors to 44 adults experiencing homelessness ready to transform their lives. Launched as a pilot with no housing in 2012, Ready to Work brought a “work-first” solution…
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Second Chances

This October we celebrated 43 graduates at our annual Ceremony. All are the product of a second chance. But not every second chance works. In the case of our Ready to Work graduates, a second chance is never wasted. On October 16, 2019 we honored people who seized opportunity to transform their lives taking no…
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Aurora Grand Opening!

On Friday December 14, Ready to Work Aurora celebrated our ribbon cutting with more than 80 community leaders! And the 11 new Ready to Work trainees who now call Ready to Work House at 3176 S. Peoria Court home! Thank you to all who made this project possible including The City of Aurora, The State…
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Aurora Here We Come!

We’re on count down!! Great things are happening at 3176 S. Peoria Court in Aurora! Ready to Work House and Employment Center will open in just a few short weeks! Join us on December 14 from 2:00 to 4:30PM for our Grand Opening! Our team is ready! Meet Brian, Deanna, Jerrica, Brittany, Judi, Ashley and…
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