Second Chances Denver
Skill-based Job Training for Women since 2002
Invest in their Future
Second Chances Denver’s mission is to alleviate poverty by working with mothers and other women in all stages of recovery from homelessness, domestic violence, sexual trafficking, drug/alcohol addiction, and incarceration with a tailored plan for their success through intensive job training services and faith-based life skills. Our goal is to educate and empower women to overcome obstacles and become employable, eventually attaining self-sufficiency.
Second Chances Denver offers women a multi-phase training program over a 12-18 month period:
First Phase: Includes an introduction to positive work ethics and life skills. Basic expectations and requirements of employment include punctuality, attendance, teamwork, respect for authority, and consistent attention to detail.
Second Phase: Continues with the building of customer service, cleaning and customer relations at our commercial cleaning sites with specific steps for managing life successfully.
Daily life skill development addresses punctuality, grooming, goal setting, resume building, interview skills, and interpersonal skills. More extensive mentoring and training occurs daily focusing on each individual’s specific needs as it relates to job readiness, barriers to employment, and how to overcome daily turmoil.
Program/Life Skills classes are uniquely offered to each woman. Additionally, a faith-based job curriculum, Jobs for Life began in November, 2016
Professionals in marketing, retail, banking, counseling, and education hold training classes teaching our participants the ins and outs of their profession. Question and Answer sessions also help our participants in specific areas of need. Each participant selects classes of interest in a 3 to 6 month period.
Attainment of educational goals is stressed, with individual GED preparation tutoring sessions held at partner sites, along with assistance in navigating admissions and financial aid processes.
Assistance in identifying resources for food, housing, childcare, healthcare, counseling, transportation, vocational planning, and long-term job opportunities are available for our participants.
Claire Ross joined the Second Chances program in July 2016. Prior to this, she served 20+ years in management at AT&T, Lucent Technologies and at Dex Media. Claire decided to join Second Chances because for many years, she has had a heart for ministry to hurting single mothers.
Rosalynn Martinez graduated our program and started working on our janitorial crew in 2011. With hard work, training, and perseverance, she earned her position as janitorial supervisor in 2012. She is a living example of what our program embodies and what our employees strive for.