Bridge House’s Transitional Work and Housing Program

A hand-up for adults experiencing homelessness

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 sustainable social enterprises to provide employment for program participants and revenue to support program operations

Program Overview:

  • Up to 44 trainees selected based on an application, intake and orientation process
  • 29 hours a week paid transitional work in our supplemental sanitation and landscaping or culinary arts (Community Table Kitchen) 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
  • Housing for 1 year
  • After 9 month working, trainees will seek full-time, mainstream employment
  • After securing stable employment, trainees will seek independent housing

Projected program outcomes:

  • Employment – 70% of trainees who enter will obtain full-time mainstream employment after participation in Ready to Work
  • Savings – 100% of trainees will save up to 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
  • 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
  • Change community perception that homeless people do not want to work

Ready to Work House and Employment Center

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 44 individuals all who are 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 – a landscaping and supplemental sanitation service with contracts with City of Boulder Open Space Mountain Parks and Parks and Recreation as well as other customers; and Community Table Kitchen catering.

Individuals live at Ready to Work House for one year and while working, participating in case management, financial management and vocational development as a condition of residency. Residents are screened, selected based on eligibility for Ready to Work and participation in program services prior to residency. Residents are required to be clean and sober. All residents work a minimum of 20 to 29 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.

Ready to Work Progress and Results 2017

  • 65 trainees exited the program
  • 49 graduated the program with employment mainstream housing
  • 44 are still working for us moving into 2018 on their way to successful graduation
  • $784,361.34 in earned revenue
  • Total trainees earnings saved –  $25,000
  • 95% attendance rate
  • Man hours worked for the City of Boulder, Boulder Housing Partners, Boulder County and local property management companies over 25,000.
  • Man hours worked in our commercial kitchen over 21,000

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

For more information, contact Widd Medford: Ready to Work Program Director


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 hiring Community Table Kitchen for your catering needs

Volunteer as a computer proctor or mentor at the Ready to Work House and Employment Center contact

Consider hiring a graduate of Ready to Work as a full-time employee in your business.