Operation Rio Grande Phase Three, also known as Dignity of Work, is a public-private partnership to increase employment opportunities and training for homeless individuals in the Rio Grande area.
A centerpiece of Phase Three is the creation of individualized employment plans tailored to each participant based on their history, education, vocational background, personal goals, and an assessment of their readiness to work. Four full-time employment counselors from the Department of Workforce Services are meeting with homeless individuals from the Rio Grande area daily.
A committee of private, nonprofit and government organizations is leading the Dignity of Work effort, chaired by Steve Starks, president of Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment.
Become a partner in employing people experiencing homelessness. Employers have support form a whole Dignity of Work team to make hiring and retention successful.
Private employers create short-term internship opportunities to provide one-on- one mentorship to prepare participants for paid employment.
Free daily workshops are available for homeless individuals to learn more about available resources, skills for job hunting and more.
At any given time, dozens of jobs are available at the Department of Workforce Services website, identified with #dignityofwork, as jobs that may be a good fit for homeless individuals.