Ready to Work on Colorado’s Homelessness Crisis, Isabel McDevitt Boulder Bridge House CEO

Bridge House’s Ready to Work House and Employment Center opened its doors for the first time in 2015 and under the leadership of Isabel McDevitt has brought the homeless that sought help from Ready to Work to a point in life that many never thought they would reach, removing “Less” from homeless.

Ready to Work is Bridge House’s employment program that provides paid jobs, vocational training and support services to individuals re-entering the workforce while they work with Bridge House Case Management on finding out what they require in order to reach their ultimate goal of securing stable housing.

Staying at the Ready to Work House
Individuals will live at Ready to Work House for about one year and will be working, participating in case management, financial management and vocational development as a condition of residency.
community was meant to house 48 residents of Ready to Work’s homeless program. Ready to Work didn’t only provide temporary housing it provided, and continues to provide, employment services to residents of Ready to Work as well.

Providing these services is critical. What might seem like a minor to no challenge for someone not homeless those minor challenges can actually be an impasse that stops progression immediately and that stopping has npothing to do with the effort, will-power, or the desire individual. Social and walefare systems in the United States don’t themselves account for crisis so it’s up to individual organizations to identify and assist in overcoming these caveats that most who have been homeless, especially the chroniclly homeless, will face at some point.

In just three years Bridge House finds itself opening a second Ready to Work branch in Aurora, Colorado located at 3176 S Peoria Ct. Ready to Work in Colorado will most likely be modeled after Ready to Work in Boulder.

All residents of 4747 Table Mesa will be provided paid work for up to 29 hours per week, attend classes, pay room and board, and participate in maintaining the Ready to Work facility.

Since Ready to Work operates two separate businesses – exterior maintenance and food service, there are a variety of job positions open to residents of Ready to Work during their time in the program.

A new Bridge House, Ready to Work House and Employment Center is opening at 3176 S Peoria Ct, in Aurora, Colorado to replicate the same success for the community of Aurora that the Ready to Work program has done in Boulder.

Those wishing to join the Ready to Work program as a resident are screened and selected based on their eligibility. All applicants to the Ready to Work program are required to participate in a internship that can span days to weeks depending on the individual circumstances.

Isabel McDevitt is the CEO of Bridge House in Boulder, Colorado and is the Creator and ongoing Developer of Ready to Work House & Employment Centers and programs for the homeless. Isabel can be reached by contacting Bridge House at 303.442.8300 or 720.621.5811
Ready to Work Boulder 4747 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder, CO 80305
Ready to Work Aurora 3176 S Peoria Ct, Aurora, CO