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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

The first step in becoming a Denver Day Works participant is to attend an orientation. Orientations aure currently cancelled until further notice. 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  there will 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
  • $72.25 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 720-913-1889 or


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

Since the program launched in November 2016, more than 380 people have participated in the program and earned more than $652,219.24 in wages/benefits across a variety of different work sites. Thus far, 166 participants have found permanent employment, with 36 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

Find Additional Job Assistance

Finding a job can be a difficult process, and we’re here to help you access the tools, training, and resources you need to overcome any challenges you encounter and meet your goals.

While some of our employment support services are available only to those receiving assistance benefits, we’ll start where you are and help you on your path to economic security.

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