One of their primary concerns is seeing that individuals find rewarding employment, but also realize that work alone it not enough some are looking for basic needs to get by. There are a number of different types of needs offered such as violence prevention, health care, food, housing, family planning, day care and mental health. To offer these services, the Works maintains a total of 4 Resource Centers, one at CentrePoint Plaza in Aurora, Arapahoe Plaza in Littleton, Lone Tree, and Castle Rock. For me, the closest location was CentrePoint Plaza in Aurora, where I met Bonnie Doom, one of the workforce specialists.
Both of us sat down for an hour and discussed what the requirements would be in order to receive assistance. Based upon my assessment and plan developed, it was determined that I would be participating in the Work Experience Program. She briefly went over the guidelines and explained to me what the expectations were:
Observe the working hours and work rules as established by the work experience site, attend all job interviews arranged by the workforce specialist, communicate with the supervisor and Workforce specialist regarding site progress or problems and notify the Workforce specialist immediately if I feel that I have good cause for not participating or continuing the Work Experience assignment. (Colorado Works/Workfare Assignment Agreement and Guidelines, 2007)
While going over the contract, Bonnie mentioned that the site supervisor will provide a short orientation going over the rules and regulations, the task I will be performing, as well as go over any training , supervision or equipment necessary to perform the task itself. A record for the day and hours of attendance will be keep. Once the task has been completed, an evaluation report will be prepared and signed by the workforce supervisor. The site was to be non-profit; the only organization contracted with Arapahoe/Douglas Works was the Association for Retarded Citizens or other known as A.R.C. I was assigned as a Production Worker at one of their local thrift stores and was required to complete four hours.