Employment First  

Colorado Employment First promotes self-sufficiency and independence by preparing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients for employment through job-seeking skills training, work experience, and monthly job search activities.

Colorado Employment First is proud to operate a program that provides assistance to people in need while ensuring accountability for their benefits.

  • Every intervention makes a difference
  • Every person deserves an opportunity
  • Setting helpful boundaries for successful participation
  • Supporting positive choices to reach participant goals

As a result of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Act of 1996, participants who are identified as “able-bodied adults without dependents” must complete 20 hours each week in an allowable work activity in order to receive more than three months of food assistance in a 36-month period.

The Employment First Program is administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services.  For more information about the Douglas County Employment First program, please contact Candace Sbarra at 303-814-7149 or csbarra@douglas.co.us.

The Douglas County Department of Human Services and Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center partner to provide the Employment First program and services to Douglas County SNAP applicants. For more information on Arapahoe/Douglas Works!, please contact them at 303-636-1160 or visit their website at www.adworks.org. For more information on the Colorado Employment First program, please visit their website at www.coemploymentfirst.org.

Arapahoe/Douglas WORKS! Youth Program

Arapahoe/Douglas WORKS! (ADW) is the workforce center serving Douglas County.  If you need assistance finding a job or making a change into a new career, contact them at www.adworks .org or call 303-636-1160.

There are special programs available for younger job seekers (ages 15-25).

Eligibility:

  • Youth ages 15-25,
  • Youth that are system involved and/or receiving child welfare services,
  • Youth currently on public assistance cases with their family,
  • Young parents who may be new to the Human Services System.

For additional information please contact Elise Flores via email at eflores@douglas.co.us, or 303-814-7113.