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Denver Day Works

Denver Day Works is a supported work program designed to provide a low- to no-barrier work experience for people throughout the city who are experiencing homelessness, while also connecting participants to supportive services such as food, shelter, and other necessities.

What You Need To Know

How do I become a Denver Day Works participant?

The first step in becoming a Denver Day Works participant is to attend an orientation. Orientations are on non-holiday Mondays from 1pm-3pm at Bayaud Enterprises, 303 W Bayaud Ave.

Please note: Because the Denver Day Works program has limited capacity, there may be a wait list for participation.

What do Denver Day Works participants receive while working?

Denver Day Works participants work one day a week (Tuesday-Thursday) for 10 weeks. The six-hour work experience is from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., starting and ending in Civic Center Park.

For each day of work, participants will receive:

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • $90 cash
  • An RTD bus ticket

Additionally, each participant will meet for 30-60 minutes with an employment specialist and/or assistance navigator.

How do I partner with Denver Day Works?

There are a number of ways to partner with Denver Day Works and support the program. If you would like to advertise a job opening to Denver Day Works participants, to participate in a hiring event, or to staff a short-term project with a Denver Day Works crew, or if you have general questions, contact Frank Cordova at or 303-830-6885.

Denver Day Works Participants have found work in the following sectors:

  • Retail
  • Groundskeeping
  • Food Service
  • Landscaping
  • Janitorial
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Customer Service
  • Hospitality
  • Transportation
  • Laundry Services
  • Medical

What kinds of work do Denver Day Works participants do?

Since the program launched in November 2016, more than 487 people have participated in the program and earned more than $1,062,054 in wages/benefits across a variety of different work sites. Thus far, 234 participants have found permanent employment, with 38 of those participants finding work with the City and County of Denver.

Work sites include:

  • Denver Parks & Recreation
  • DOTI (Department of Transportation)
    • Fleet Maintenance
    • Wastewater
    • Solid Waste
  • Denver Public Library - multiple branches
  • Denver Human Services
  • Ballpark District
  • Denver Public Works
  • Downtown Denver Partnership
  • RiNo Art District
  • Denver Elections
  • Bayaud Enterprises 

*Data as of February 19, 2020