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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

Denver Day Works is operated in partnership with Denver's Road Home, Denver Public Works, and Denver Parks & Recreation

The first step in becoming a Denver Day Works participant is to attend an orientation. Orientations are held on Mondays (excluding holidays) at 1:30 p.m. at Bayaud Enterprises (333 W. Bayaud Ave. Denver, CO 80223).

Eligible participants must be experiencing homelessness, be age 18 or older, and be searching for work. 

Please note: because the Denver Day Works program has limited capacity at this time, there may be a waitlist for participation.

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
  • $70 cash (if in possession of I-9 form and other necessary documents; i.e., state ID and Social Security card), or a $70 gift card to Walmart, King Soopers, or Safeway
  • An RTD bus ticket

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

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 Marcus Ritosa at 720-944-3290 or Marcus.Ritosa@denvergov.org.

Since the program launched in November 2016, more than 300 people have participated in the program and earned more than $373,000 in wages/benefits across a variety of different work sites. Thus far, 145 participants have found permanent employment, with 33 of those participants finding work with the City and County of Denver.*

Hiring sectors include:

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

Work sites include:

  • Denver Human Services
  • Denver Public Library
  • Denver Public Works
  • Denver Parks & Recreation
  • RiNo Art District
  • Denver Elections
  • Bayaud Enterprises 

 

*Data as of February 1, 2019

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Email Marcus.Ritosa@denvergov.org for more information about the Denver Day Works program.

 


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Locations

Main Office, Richard T. Castro Human Services Center
1200 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204
 

 

Customer Service

720-944-4DHS (4347)

If you need Colorado Relay/TTY services in Denver, please call 711. If you need Spanish-language relay services, please call 800-337-3242.

 

City Assistance

Call 3-1-1

Outside Denver: 720-913-1311
Emergencies: 911
TTY Service: 720-913-8479


 

 

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