Who we are
PRC Colorado’s specialized employment program concentrates on career pathways for those with disabilities, the under-served, and marginalized communities (such as asylum seekers, refugees, and the homeless) throughout the metro area and the state. This program has impacted over 100,000 lives since 2005. Our robust services include (but are not limited to) career development, employment skills training, pre-employment training, career assessment, career paths goal setting, employment counseling, job coaching and support as well as on the job training in our retail store.
We have implemented an evidence-based practice known as Individual Placement and Support Plan (IPS). With a “zero exclusion” approach to employment placement, IPS assists individuals with severe mental illness and dual diagnoses with substance abuse issues obtain and maintain competitive community based employment with an employer of their choosing. IPS is different from other models of employment services as it focuses on client strengths rather than deficits, believes that work can promote recovery and wellness, and benefits from a collaboration with state vocational rehabilitation.
PRC job development staff identifies our clients’ functional performance capabilities, wellness, and employment skills. Over the last year we have supported 155 employment eligible clients seeking vocational employment support, resume writing, interviewing, transportation skills training and job development. Our community business collaborations have been instrumental in helping us maintain and sustain our commitment to the fidelity of our vocational programs in employing our clients.
We partner with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) providing pre/post-employment development, job stability/retention and wrap around services. Both programs focus on resume writing, interviewing, hygiene, grooming and job skills training, employment retention and maintaining competitive community based employment with an employer of their choosing. DVR provides additional benefits that offer job seekers transportation, educational opportunities, and clothing for employment paid for by DVR. These benefits directly impact the self-esteem, economic self-worth, financial solidity and educational aspirations of jobseekers.
In 2017 PRC’s Career Development Center served approximately 76 jobseekers per month with an employment rate of 43% (higher than the national average.)