About Us

Work Options for Women helps people overcome barriers to employment by building confidence while providing resources and culinary job training.

Our History

Work Options for Women (WOW) has been helping hard-to-employ individuals overcome personal barriers and obtain employment in the food service industry for more than 20 years. In 1997, a social worker began what is now known as WOW by starting a culinary job-training program to help disadvantaged women obtain entry-level employment in food service.

Over the years, we expanded our job-training program to better address the changing needs of students. Today, we provide culinary skills training plus opportunities to practice appropriate workplace skills and behaviors, job-readiness training, holistic support/case management services, and opportunities to earn advanced, industry-recognized certifications. In short, we not only prepare disadvantaged workers to obtain entry-level employment, we work to ensure that graduates have the culinary skills, job-readiness and life skills and ongoing support needed to retain sustainable employment and pursue a permanent career.

A New Chapter

In 2018, we expanded our target population to serve disadvantaged individuals in the community and ex-offenders. We now offer culinary skills training at our existing cafes and at a halfway house for people in the process of re-entry. We provide programming onsite at the halfway house using our new mobile culinary classroom (a self-contained kitchen/classroom, similar to a 20’ food truck, that can be towed to various locations). In 2017, WOW was the only Denver agency selected to receive substantial funding from Impact 100 Denver Metro; these grant funds were used to purchase the mobile culinary classroom and expand our target population.

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