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Work Works

Employment Fosters Self Respect, Self Esteem & Dignity
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Step Denver believes in ‘Work Works’ – the philosophy that effort, in all facets of one’s life including gainful employment, is the foundation for success. The dignity and sense of accomplishment that comes with the effort required of work is fundamental to rebuilding and maintaining an individual’s self-respect.

Step Denver is privileged to have a full-time, dedicated Career Counseling Manager. While in their first week at our facility, new residents work with the counselor and attend classes focused on employment, career development and discuss how the dignity of work can be a positive component of addiction recovery. The men also work independently with the counselor to create a cover letter and resume, develop interviewing skills, and apply/follow-up for employment.

Effort, in all facets of one’s life including gainful employment, is the foundation for success.

We do not allow our men to accept part-time, temporary, or under-the-table cash jobs. Each resident is required to obtain permanent, full-time, tax-paying, payroll check employment. With the help of business community partnerships, 99% of our residents obtain full-time employment within four weeks of their admission. Acquiring employment helps with self-confidence, self-esteem, and moving towards self-sufficiency. Because our men gain employment through this process, we do not hire our men out to the public or private sector for temporary jobs.

After a period of time in our program, our men have the opportunity to continue their work with the Career Counseling Manager. Residents look for ‘next level’ employment – employment that focuses on their career aspirations and provides them increased income that they can contribute towards their savings to transition into the next phase of the program. They are introduced to organizations that offer them additional opportunities for training and career development resources. Our goal is to have our men transition from the program with a career plan that will provide stability and motivate them to stay on the path to success. 38% of our men obtain higher-paying, career-oriented employment while in our program.

If you would like to hire our men for full-time employment please reach out to our Career Counseling Manager, Mark McCright, at 720-370-3276.