CWEE Impact

Featured Participant Highlight

"I was a lost person before CWEE." Maddie was a stay-at-home mom, and thought she would be forever. After her divorce, Maddie realized she needed a way to support her son. She was struggling without any support from his father, felt desperate, and went to the county looking for help. She was given CWEE's address, and showed up for orientation filled with nerves and anxiety - without any idea of what CWEE's program really was. She thought case managers would be intimidating, but found her case manager Brandi to be so warm and welcoming that Maddie began to feel comfortable almost immediately. Of the case managers and instructors at CWEE she says, "They provide kindness and support in a safe environment - I'd never had that before."

As she attended CWEE's program regularly, the other CWEE participants and staff began to feel like family. She felt supported, and says that CWEEs program helped her realize that "I can be strong, and I can be successful." CWEE provided Maddie with opportunities for leadership in her community, and Maddie began to get involved with CWEE's partners at 9to5 Colorado. Maddie has lobbied for the things that matter to her most, and has helped other CWEE participants have their voices heard. Recently, Maddie was selected to attend the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America's National Leadership Conference with 9to5. Maddie credits CWEE with connecting her to this amazing opportunity.

Thanks to her strengthened communication skills, ability to be professional, and understanding of what workplace environment works best for her, Maddie is now participating in an internship with WorkLife Partnership. In her operations work at WorkLife, Maddie uses a variety of skills every day. including the computer skills she gained during the Digital Literacy phase of CWEE's program. Maddie feels valued in the workplace, and excited to go to work every day.

In short, Maddie says, "CWEE saved my life. If you take advantage of everything CWEE has to offer, it will save yours too." She has newfound ways to advocate for herself and seek out the things that will make her happy and secure in life. For now, she is enjoying her experience at WorkLife Partnership, and hopes to continue helping and fighting for individuals who are struggling just as she was.

Testimonials

CWEE Success Stories

 

The proud mother of two sons, Natalia came to CWEE in February of 2015. Natalia's career readiness training was temporarily interrupted by her husband's medical issues; undeterred by this setback, Natalia returned to CWEE in August with renewed energy. She quickly became known for her positive spirit - Natalia worked closely with CWEE's staff and instructors, gaining skills and certificates along the way. She successfully moved into the Continuing Education Pathway, where she completed the Core Skills Mastery program and studied tirelessly with the High School Equivalency instructor and tutors.

 

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    In November of 2015, Natalia faced some medical issues of her own and ended up going on a medical hold. In addition to working toward her own recovery, Natalia continued to care for her husband, accompanying him to his monthly medical and therapy appointments. Her husband’s medical issues eventually stabilized, but he was left unable to care for the children. In order to return to CWEE, Natalia had to be resourceful in finding childcare. She was successful in this endeavor and resumed her Continuing Education classes in August of 2016.

     

    Natalia was always on time, a good communicator, and had consistent attendance. She worked well with the tutors and High School Equivalency Instructor, and took the time help other students. Her hard work and dedication paid off: Natalia earned her High School Equivalency certificate in December of 2016! She is now pursuing higher education. Her goal is to acquire Medical Coding and Billing Certification, gain employment, and support her family. Natalia remains in contact with CWEE's Employment Services team, and continues to make progress toward achieving her goals. CWEE is very proud of Natalia for all of her accomplishments, and we look forward to seeing where her hard work and talent takes her next!

     

     

My name is Elaina, I am the mother of two beautiful children, and pregnant with my 3rd. This year has been one of the hardest years of my life. I can't remember a time where everything seemed so hopeless. I felt like I had no one to turn to, no more options. I began attending CWEE and I'll be honest, I had my doubts and was skeptical. I attended my first class with a teacher whose name is Zenzal. I walked in and sat down and the minute she laid her eyes on me and spoke, I knew CWEE would be an experience I would not regret. She reached me on a level deeper than anyone I've met. Almost as if she was able to see right through me, through everyone. She was genuine in every way. In her class we focused on figuring out who we were, our values and the things that held us back. She made every single person feel important and heard.

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    CWEE has three phases that help you prepare for whatever job field you may be going into. They also offer different incentives for your achievements. I have never learned so much valuable information in such a short time. CWEE also connects you with many resources. I was introduced to a Mother’s First nurse whose name is Sheila. I believe she is an angel sent to me. From the moment I met her she has been nothing but caring and supportive. She has done her best to help connect me to different resources to get all the things I need for my baby, myself and resources on housing. I was in a tough situation and soon to be homeless. I finally got a call from The Crossing saying they had a room available, but I didn't have all of the money to move in. I was so stressed I talked to my case worker and CWEE who was able to help me with the remainder of the money I needed to move in! I couldn't be more thankful and appreciative to finally have a home for me and my children! In phase three you get help making the perfect resume and cover letter. As well as interview skills and clothes to make you stand out and feel confident. I honestly cannot wait for my next interview.

     

     

    Thanks to CWEE I know my worth and now have the skills and mindset to be successful in any career. I am now working on finishing my GED. CWEE also get you prepared for the tests and pays for everything. I can honestly say CWEE has changed my life!!! I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from all the amazing staff as well as the other participants. And I have a feeling of relief knowing that in the future I can always reach out to any of the staff. I will forever be a CWEE sister! I definitely recommend CWEE to everyone! You will truly have a life changing experience.

My name is Earnest Denney. I am a 31-year-old, single father of three wonderful boys. I’m my mother’s second child; I also have siblings from my mom’s second marriage, giving me a total of four brothers. When I was in high school I dropped out, thinking if I could just get a job I would be able to get my own place and start my own family. I worked for eight years and my life went down a hard road. I ended up not knowing where my future was going, as well as asking for help to pay for rent and bills. During this time, I depended on my Mom for help with all my expenses, giving her a burden she did not deserve. I realized that I had two choices: either to continue being a burden or to become a thinker who analyzes and solves my own problems. I went with the second choice.

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    CWEE has three phases that help you prepare for whatever job field you may be going into. They also offer different incentives for your achievements. I have never learned so much valuable information in such a short time. CWEE also connects you with many resources. I was introduced to a Mother’s First nurse whose name is Sheila. I believe she is an angel sent to me. From the moment I met her she has been nothing but caring and supportive. She has done her best to help connect me to different resources to get all the things I need for my baby, myself and resources on housing. I was in a tough situation and soon to be homeless. I finally got a call from The Crossing saying they had a room available, but I didn't have all of the money to move in. I was so stressed I talked to my case worker and CWEE who was able to help me with the remainder of the money I needed to move in! I couldn't be more thankful and appreciative to finally have a home for me and my children! In phase three you get help making the perfect resume and cover letter. As well as interview skills and clothes to make you stand out and feel confident. I honestly cannot wait for my next interview.

     

     

    Thanks to CWEE I know my worth and now have the skills and mindset to be successful in any career. I am now working on finishing my GED. CWEE also get you prepared for the tests and pays for everything. I can honestly say CWEE has changed my life!!! I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from all the amazing staff as well as the other participants. And I have a feeling of relief knowing that in the future I can always reach out to any of the staff. I will forever be a CWEE sister! I definitely recommend CWEE to everyone! You will truly have a life changing experience.

Bridget Sidner was first referred to CWEE in November 2012.  At that time, Bridget had recently completed a one year substance abuse treatment program after being released from prison where she served four years.  Bridget’s background includes a substance abuse addiction for twenty years and an extensive criminal history, including six felonies, which were a result of her addiction.  Bridget had maintained her sobriety throughout prison and after completing treatment, she regained custody of her five-year old son whom she had not seen since he was 5 months old.  Bridget who was in her 40’s at that time, had only maintained one job in her life which was for three months as a telemarketer.  Bridget supported herself and her addiction as a drug dealer and was fearful of how to obtain employment without a work history and her criminal background.  Bridget participated in CWEE’s job readiness classes to learn more about herself and her career interests.  She was able to secure employment at a discount auto glass company but wasn’t able to keep the job due to not meeting the sales quota.  Bridget was very discouraged and unfortunately her TANF case closed for several months so she lost her childcare assistance and was unable to continue with CWEE’s program.

Paula Trujillo began working with CWEE November, 2012. At that time her three children were 13 years, 9 years and 2 months. Her goal was to become employed doing administrative work so that she and her children could support themselves, independently of public assistance.  She began taking classes with CWEE as means to meet that goal. Initially, outside factors made attending CWEE difficult. Paula’s case manager helped her with housing, transportation, and even assisted her in obtaining childcare so that she could attend CWEE classes consistently. She began working with CWEE’s employment services, building her resume, cover letter and other skills needed for employment. Simultaneously, Paula worked in CWEE’s computer lab, gaining multiple certifications in Microsoft Office programs.