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City Hires First Full-Time Employees through Homeless Denver Day Works Program

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced that four people within the Denver Days Works Program have been hired by the City and County of Denver as full-time seasonal employees through Denver Park and Recreation. 

The Denver Day Works pilot program is an effort by the city to provide low- to no-barrier work experience opportunities with the city and other private employers for people who are experiencing homelessness. The city has placed a specific focus on engaging individuals who are not actively connected to supportive day services.

“Many of our participants just need a chance, and we’re happy to provide it for them,” Mayor Hancock said.  “Helping our most vulnerable population find and maintain stable employment is a critical investment and my hope is that this program will inspire other employers to offer similar opportunities.”

All four employees will be working in the downtown area, three will be based in Civic Center Park and one will be working out of the Centennial Gardens Shop. The employees will be tasked with tree plantings, daily trash clean-up, snow removal, flower bed planting, upkeep and care, and general park and playground maintenance.

The four employees hired by the city will continue to receive additional services through the Denver Day Works pilot to support their overall well-being and ensure they are able to build a foundation for future success. To date, the Denver Day Works pilot program has provided 850 hours, which amounts to nearly $11,000, for participants.

The Denver Day Works pilot program launched on November 1, 2016 and will run through Oct. 31, 2017. The pilot is a partnership between Denver Human Services, Denver Parks and Recreation, Denver Public Works, and Denver's Road Home. Bayaud Enterprises, a community-based nonprofit in the Denver area, is administering the program following a competitive selection process.

Denver Day Works is a supported employment program, which first focuses on connecting people who are homeless to employment opportunities and then works to provide holistic support for participants such as food and medical benefits, transportation, mental health and housing assistance, as well as job readiness training and resume support.