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Pikes Peak Workforce Center

Meet Dennis

Workforce Challenge

Dennis came to the Pikes Peak Work Force Center (PPWFC) through an employment referral from the Homes for All Veterans (HAV) Program Manager. Dennis was living in a tent under a bridge on the West side of Colorado Springs. On his first visit he was provided with emergency support services.

Workforce Solution

Dennis returned to the PPWFC and was referred to El Paso County Human Services for food stamps and was walked over to the BlueJay telephone representative for a free cell phone. His case manager quickly researched immediate-opening custodial positions, some close to his tent, but some beyond the bus routes. The case manager worked with Dennis to capture his employment history necessary for job applications, and to work on a resume. Dennis left with a healthy list of jobs for which to apply. The case manager coached Dennis in the PPWFC Career Center as he applied for each job and contacted the AARP Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) about possibly taking Dennis into their program.

Outcomes & Benefits

Through HAV's efforts, Dennis was able to move from his tent into several transition homes, including the Crawford House, the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program venue in Colorado Springs. Eventually, Dennis left the Crawford House for his own apartment, with rental assistance from Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS). He was placed by AARP SCSEP in a Discover Goodwill position.

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