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CDHS Announces ReHire Colorado Employment Program

ReHire Colorado
Amy Barrows telling her ReHire Colorado success story. 
Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha, Amy Barrows, Rep. Crisanta Duran, and Rep. Jovan Melton celebrating ReHire Colorado. 

Reggie Bicha, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, today announced the department’s ReHire Colorado employment program for veterans, people over the age of 50, and parents in the process of paying child support.

Since the program began enrolling participants in January, 475 Coloradans have entered the program , and 91 individuals have gained employment – 81 subsidized employment, and 10 unsubsidized employment.

Authorized by the Colorado Careers Act (HB13-1004), ReHire Colorado is a partnership among the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Colorado Department of Higher Education and CDHS.  The partnership works with five local area service providers to gainfully employ 546 individuals over an 18 month period. Service providers are located across the state:

  • Larimer County Workforce Center, serving Larimer County
  • Goodwill Industries of Denver, serving Denver Metro counties
  • Rocky Mountain Human Services, serving Denver Metro counties and El Paso County
  • Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado, serving El Paso and Teller counties
  • Catholic Charities of Diocese of Pueblo, serving Pueblo County.

ReHire Colorado is a collaborative partnership of small businesses, economic development and human services partners, and Coloradans who are ready to go to work. The program is modeled after effective transitional jobs programs that have demonstrated a return on investment of as much as $4 returned to the local economy for every $1 spent on transitional employment.