Employment is, for most, a prerequisite to escaping homelessness. And yet, for people who are homeless, the prospects for work are often dim: the individuals we serve compete for jobs in markets that are already saturated, and they do it in the context of complex barriers — survival, safety, stigma — that people who are housed simply do not face. It is nothing short of a tragedy: all too often, the population of people experiencing homelessness — a group that is rich with talent, ambition and potential — is deprived of the opportunity to contribute to our community.
The Hand Up program empowers job-seekers who are homeless or near-homeless to find and maintain employment. We offer one-on-one employment support, operate a Career Closet, and partner with businesses that hire our participants (or support our participants in other ways).
How do I get help?
Are you homeless or at-risk of homelessness and looking for work? We are here to help.
Hand Up supports participants in a variety of ways:
- Case Management (goal setting, problem solving, resource connections, and more)
- Job Search Training
- Resume Building
- Job Club with NextJob
- Employer Connections
- Interview Preparedness
- Career “Gear” Closet
- Colorado ID, Driver’s License & Birth Certificate Vouchers
- Transportation Assistance
- Customized support for each individual’s circumstances
The Hand Up Program distributes “career gear” through a Career Closet at the Murphy Center for Hope: 242 Conifer Street in Fort Collins. The Career Closet is available to any individual who is working with an agency or company to gain employment OR who has obtained a job but needs the necessary gear to accept that job.
- You must be an individual who is homeless or at severe risk of becoming homeless AND:
- Working with the Hand Up Program, another agency/caseworker, staffing company, or other entity that can verify that you are working towards gaining employment.
- NOTE: If you need help with interview or work clothing, we can provide assistance on a case-by-case basis even if you don’t have a voucher or letter of verification.
What We Need From You
- A referral voucher or a letter from an agency, staffing agency or entity. The voucher must include agency contact info and a brief description/company name of your career opportunity. If you are not working with another agency, we will ask for proof of an interview or employment (for example, new-hire paperwork or a work schedule).
- You will be required to:
- Sign a Release of Information form between Homeward Alliance and the Larimer County Workforce Center. The Workforce Center helps us gather and track programmatic data. Your personal information will not be shared with any other entity.
- Fill out a basic intake sheet to gather characteristics about your job criteria.
Items May Include
- Haircut voucher
- Restaurant Attire – Non-slip shoes, slacks, dress shirts, etc.
- Dressy/Casual Interview Attire
- Shoes/Winter Boots
- Accessories – belts, wallets, socks, hats, work gloves, etc.
- Construction Gear, including but not limited to:
- Steel-toed boots
- Durable work pants
- Hard hats/safety vests
- Tool belts