Work Support Options

Transportation, child care and medical coverage are some of the most common issues that cause people to lose or quit their jobs. If you are an employed worker and feel as though these issues may prevent you from being able to keep your job, there may be resources available to help you stay successful.

Transportation Assistance:

OED offers transportation assistance to qualified individuals to support their ability to obtain or maintain work. Transportation assistance may include bus passes or gasoline vouchers. Assistance is available to individuals registered in a qualifying program through one of the Denver Workforce Centers.

Registered customers should contact their Employee Specialist directly to determine if they are eligible to receive transportation assistance. Customers who are not registered may visit or call their local workforce center for more information.

Public Transit
Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) offers the public a variety of transportation schedules and fares for bus and light rail use. Please visit the RTD website for a complete list of programs and more detailed information, or call 1.800.366.RIDE. The following programs may not be available in all areas.

Call-n-Ride curb-to-curb service, designed to supplement existing RTD service and make it easy for commuters, school children, and others to get where they need to go.
The SeniorRide provides the opportunity for seniors 55 and older to attend a variety of cultural events and activities.
Access-a-Ride provides curb-to-curb transportation to passengers who are unable to use regular buses, and qualify for certification under the guidelines established by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
RTD's Night Stop bus service provides added safety for bus passengers traveling at night between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Night stop allows passengers to get off the bus at any safe location along a regular route, even if it is not a designated RTD bus stop.
RTD also offers many schedules and programs for shopping, sporting and holiday events.

Additional Assistance:
The following organizations may provide emergency assistance including bus tokens to individuals meeting established requirements. Funds and programs may be limited, and each organization sets its own guidelines. Please call for more details.
Metro CareRing  303.860.7200 
Catholic Charities  303.742.0828 
Saint Vincent de Paul  303.935.2431 

Child Care:

Who will watch the kids is one of the most important decisions a parent will make. There are free services to help you find many different types of licensed child care. Qualistar Early Learning provides child care resources and referrals statewide. For more information, visit, or call 1-877-338-CARE (2273). The trained referral counselors will use the zip code area you provide and give names, addresses and phone numbers of licensed homes, centers or both. They will also let you know:
  • If they care for infants, toddlers and school-aged children
  • If they transport from schools
  • If they are open odd hours

They may also know if the child care has sliding scale fees or accepts child care assistance payments.


Health Care:

There are many different health insurance programs and health organizations within the Denver metro area that provide quality care at little or no cost to those in need. The quick reference guide below can help you determine which program can best meet your healthcare needs.
Veterans can click the link below for information on eligibility, enrollment, benefits, and cost of healthcare services through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs:

is a federal program that provides health insurance to those who are unable to afford coverage through a private health insurance provider. When state and federal eligibility criteria are met, Medicaid covers families with children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities. People who are not U.S. citizens can use Medicaid to pay for a life-threatening medical emergency. For Medicaid enrollment information, click here or contact HealthColorado at 1.888.367.6557.

Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP):
 CICP is a state program that provides partial reimbursement to providers offering medical care to eligible underinsured and uninsured residents. Unlike Medicaid, CICP is not a health insurance program. Local hospitals and clinics enroll families into the CICP program and services are restricted to participating hospitals and clinics throughout the state. Eligibility into the Colorado Indigent Care Program is determined upon residency, income and asset requirements.

Child Health Care Plan Plus (CHP)
CHP+ is an affordable health insurance program for Colorado children. CHP+ provides health insurance coverage for children whose parents earn too much income to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private health insurance.

Denver Health
: Founded in 1860, Denver Health’s mission is to provide access to quality preventive, acute and chronic health care for all Denver citizens regardless of their ability to pay. Denver Health meets the special health needs of the entire population through services such as trauma care and the Rocky Mountain Poison Center. Additionally, Denver Health services the needs of special populations such as the poor, chronically mentally ill, pregnant teens, persons addicted to alcohol and other substances, victims of violence, the homeless and those with AIDS.