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CWEE serves as one of two contractors that provide workforce training, case management, and employment services to individuals who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Bright by Three (BB3) provides educational kits on parenting, health and literacy, and childhood development which include resources, books and tools for our participants to enhance their child’s learning and developmental growth. Bright by Three received CWEE’s Community Collaborative Partner of the Year award in 2015.
Since spring of 2016, CWEE has become excess food drop-off site receiving healthy food donations from the Denver Food Rescue for our participants and their families.
Through a partnership with Denver Rescue Mission’s Vehicle Donation program, CWEE established Wheels to Work, an opportunity for CWEE program participants to receive a donated car to strengthen their access to transportation; a well-known barrier to finding and maintaining employment. Thus far in 2017, two vehicles have been provided to CWEE participants each month through the Wheels to Work program.
Educational Opportunity Centers (EOCs) provide equal access and assistance in identifying, enrolling and paying for higher education. Regularly scheduled group workshops are provided to our participants who plan to continue their education. Individual services are provided for participants in understanding and applying for financial aid, completing applications, or exploring career opportunities.
Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) provides educational resources in energy efficiency and assistance to CWEE participants and alumni who are at risk of having their utilities turned off due to financial difficulties. CWEE has been a recipient of EOC’s Energy Assistance program since 2013.
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) brings hands-on, interactive classes that teach our participants healthy behaviors around diet, physical activity, food safety and preparation as well as resource management. In September 2016, EFNEP expanded their offerings to include evidence-based, nutrition education and healthy lifestyles curriculum specific to pregnant women and parents of newborns.
The Food Bank of the Rockies donates high-quality and nutritious food items that CWEE provides to our participants as a breakfast and light snack each day during the training program. These foods help to keep our students fed and engaged in their learning.
Griffith Centers for Children, Chins Up provides open discussions on safe and effective parenting practices through the Nurturing Parenting Program.
Through our partnership with Bank on Denver, KeyBank provides CWEE’s participants with regularly scheduled workshops on a wide array of financial literacy topics. Individual outreach is provided for those that have additional questions or want to set up bank accounts.
CWEE partners with The Learning Source to offer educational opportunities for adults and families to support their future achievements. Education pathway students receive adult basic education instruction grounded in workplace math and literacy skills, High School Equivalency (i.e. GED) test preparation with volunteer tutor support, individualized coaching towards their unique educational goals as well as pathways to higher education.
mpowered provides individual coaching to help our participants make informed financial decisions and achieve their personal definition of financial success. CWEE is an official financial empowerment site that hosts an mpowered employee on-site.
A 6-week program created by the University of Denver and Denver Health for pregnant women who are receiving prenatal care services in the Denver Health system. The program is focused on healthy relationships, infant care and parenting and includes comprehensive case management services, access to community series such as mental health services and workforce development training and counseling.
CWEE is partnering with No Place Like Home 5280 to transform homes of families emerging from homelessness or unstable housing situations by providing quality donated furniture and home goods to turn residences into comfortable homes.
Planned Parenthood provides regular, ongoing classes to our participants on how to effectively talk to their children about sex and sexuality. Planned Parenthood also provides affordable childbirth education classes to our soon-to-be moms.
SafeHouse Denver provides regularly scheduled workshops to help our participants understand the dynamics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. The training emphasizes individual choice, responsibility for individual behavior, assertiveness and recognizing the warning signs of abusive relationships. Participants are able to access individual counseling and referral services as well as SafeHouse Denver’s 24-hour crisis line. SafeHouse Denver received CWEE’s community partner of the year award in 2013.
Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters provide a mock grocery tour that teaches participants different tips and strategies to save money at the grocery store while eating healthily. Upon completion of the workshop, Share Our Strength’s provides each participant with a gift card, a reusable grocery bag and a recipe book full of great healthy eating tips.
Empowering people and organizations to succeed across languages and cultures by providing translation services to CWEE.
CWEE partners with Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) to provide support and resources to pregnant participants and those who have a baby less than six months of age through the Nurse Support Program. TCHD nurses conduct regularly scheduled workshops at CWEE on topics such as: parenting, nutrition, pregnancy prevention and sexually transmitted infections. Tri-County’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program also provides trainings and resources for our participants on healthy behaviors for individuals and families.
The Regional Workforce Initiative Now (WIN) utilizes existing job training programs in Denver to help community members attain and retain positions in transportation and transit construction. WIN is an innovative and groundbreaking workforce partnership led by Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) in coordination with the Community College of Denver (CCD), Denver Transit Partners, and the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver.
9to5 provides ongoing, regular training to CWEE participants on advocacy issues and employee rights in the workplace. 9to5 was awarded our Outstanding Community Partner award in 2016.
"CWEE has helped me build my self-esteem. I feel worthy and inspired to do something positive everyday. Because of my wonderful experience at CWEE, I’m able to share it with others."
– Shawan, Alumni Award Winner 1998 & former CWEE staff member for 13 years
"I sit on many boards and councils but the endeavor that I am most passionate about is sitting on the Board of Directors for the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE). CWEE helps individuals receiving TANF get the education and skills necessary to obtain viable employment putting them in a position to eventually transition off of public assistance and hopefully out of poverty."
– Taryn Lewis,
Board of Directors
"CWEE has given me the confidence I need and brought me some hope through this difficult time in my life. I am really grateful to be here."
– Michelle, CWEE Participant
CWEE has been a wonderful and positive experience for me. I’ve updated my skills and am preparing to re-enter the workforce. It has revived my self-worth.
– Rochelle, CWEE Participant
"One of the highlights of my year is taking pictures of the women and men of CWEE. I have the utmost respect and admiration for the graduates of this program, and especially the Alumni Award Winners."
– Whitney Yeager,
Whitney Yeager Photography
"Presenting at CWEE is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. The participants are fun, interactive and willing to learn."
– Linda Hicks, Premier Members
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