The Denver Day Works Pilot Program is designed to provide a low to no barrier work experience for people throughout the city who are experiencing homelessness, with a specific focus toward engaging those not actively connected to supportive day services.
The initial pilot program (from Nov. 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2017) is funded through a partnership between Denver's Road Home, Denver Public Works, Denver Parks and Recreation and Denver Human Services.
- More than 60 people have received work experience in the program, putting more than $20,00 into the pockets of people who are homeless and living on the streets.
- Participants are working on sites at Denver Parks & Recreation parks, Denver Public Works Wastewater Division, Denver Public Library’s downtown location and with a private partner, Colorado Petroleum.
- To date, 23 participants have successfully moved to employment… four with the City and County of Denver Parks & Recreation Department and 19 with private employers.
Who can participate?
- Individuals who are experiencing homelessness are identified as potential participants
- Individuals interested in working on a Denver Day Works site are initially assessed for job readiness.
- Those who are not yet job-ready are connected to resources to help them establish their job-readiness and be connected to a work site as soon as feasible.
- Those who are job-ready are invited to an orientation, then referred to a job site and provided with information relating to location, contact person, proper attire, etc.
How does it work?
- Participants are given the option of working a full day or half day shift.
- Through a partnership with Key Bank, Bayaud Enterprises, the contractor administering the program on behalf of the city, pays Denver Day Works participants at the end of each shift. Key Bank will also offer financial planning services at no cost to participants.
- Workers at city job sites are paid based on the city's ordinance guidelines.
- If a client does not have access to identification, they are offered the same work experience as others and will instead be provided other supportive services.
- Initial background checks are not required, though may be required for longer term employment following their time with Denver Day Works.
- Refer potential participants to Bayaud Enterprises at 303-830-6885
City and County of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock with a Denver Day Works employee.