Isabel McDevitt’s “Read to Work” homeless program in Boulder and Aurora, Achievement by Design

If you are interested in helping the homeless in 2019 be sure to check out the new program for the homeless that Bridge House.

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If you are interested in helping the homeless in 2019 be sure to check out the new program for the homeless that Bridge House is launching in the late Winter of 2018. This program was given a home on the very outskirts of Boulder Colorado in 2015. The current CEO of Bridge House in Boulder.

Isabel McDevitt, relocated to Boulder from New York to put together a program that addresses the complications that the homeless and the communities surrounding them. A piece of her puzzle will no doubt draw from her experience in managing a similar program called “Ready, Willing, Able.” Three years of exceeding expectations at the Ready to Work facility in Boulder means that it was time for Bridge House to open an additional branch and this new location is coming to Aurora.

Ready to Work Aurora

Not much information on this specific program has been released but since it’s modeled after Ready to Work Boulder it’s safe to presume that the core principles and strategies of Ready to Work in Boulder would be exactly the same.

Applying to the Ready to Work program in Boulder & Aurora

Ready to Work in Boulder. Colorado located at 4747 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder, CO 80305

Trainees are paid an hourly wage and are required to live in the Ready to Work facility they have been selected to join. The duration of stay in the facility is estimated to be 1-year. Ready to Work Housing and Employment Centers.

Ready to Work Locations

Ready to Work Aurora is at 3176 S Peoria Ct

Ready to Work Boulder is at 4747 Table Mesa Dr

Eligibility for Ready to Work

To be eligible, potential participants must be looking for a pathway out of homelessness and have a desire to gain employment and stabilize their lives.

Screening and intake interviews are completed and the hopeful resident would be asked to move into the Ready to Work facility immediately. If there were no open beds for new residents then the they are added to a waiting list.

Volunteer internship can last from one to four weeks, Part of the initial screening includes monitoring how much the hopeful resident wants to be accepted . Volunteer duties during this phase is intended to ensure those that demonstrate a real desire to join Ready to Work from someone who says they are in words but fail to demonstrate in action.

Upon successful completion of the internship, participants will begin working as a paid trainee. Ready to Work is voluntary and should not be considered permanent employment with Bridge House.

Contact Bridge House staff with any questions about Ready to Work and how the program operates.

Isabel McDevitt is the CEO of Bridge House in Boulder, Colorado and developer of Ready to Work House & Employment Center, serving the homeless, working poor, and those homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and is located at 4747 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder, CO 80305. Ready to Work is a trademark of the Bridge House in Boulder 2015. All rights reserved. 

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