Work Options For Women
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Work Options for Women (WOW) has helped very hard-to-employ individuals overcome barriers and obtain employment for 20 years. Our agency began in 1997 when a social worker began a culinary job-training program designed to help disadvantaged women obtain entry-level employment in food service. Over time, we have expanded our focus. Today, we work to insure that our graduates have the culinary, job-readiness and life skills needed to retain sustainable employment and pursue a permanent career in the food service industry. In addition to our main program, Culinary Job Skills Training, we operate two social enterprise cafes. In 2018, we will expand programming by offering culinary training at our current cafes AND at a halfway house for ex-offenders on parole. We will serve halfway house paroles using our new mobile culinary classroom (a self-contained kitchen/classroom, similar to a 24’ Food Truck, that can be towed to various locations). WOW has key strategic alliances with Denver Department of Health and Human Services and Mile High United Way; we share space with these agencies to house our social enterprise/ training sites. We recently developed new partnerships with Intervention Community Corrections Services (ICCS) and Community, Education & Outreach (CEO) to provide our program to ex-offenders at halfway house for parolees.