The Women's Bean Project is a non-profit business dedicated to helping women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. Our goal is to provide each program participant with a safe, accepting work environment where she can learn to identify and build upon her talents while building the skills necessary to get and keep mainstream employment. We do this by providing employment training in our gourmet food production business.
Each program participant begins her time at the Bean Project on the production line. During the initial Probationary and Stabilization period, participants focus on the basic skills needed for employment such as coming to work on time and staying on task.
As participants move into the second phase of employment, expectations increase to include individual goal setting and team leadership, and the focus broadens to include skills such as problem solving and effective communication.
Training tracks provide our program participants with the opportunity to work in various departments throughout the organization, offering them additional skills and the chance to try different kinds of work. Training tracks are offered in reception, shipping and receiving, sales and marketing, off-site sales, public speaking, and accounting.
The program has three basic components, each designed to address areas that serve as barriers to getting and keeping employment.Basic Needs
Immediately after intake, our focus is to facilitate each woman's access to services to help her meet her Basic Needs, such as
- Child Care
- Health Care
Weekly life skills classes support growth in self confidence and personal responsibility and impart crucial tools needed for employment
Fundamental Job Readiness
- Goal Setting
- Planning and Organizing
- Health Promotion
- Self Esteem
- Computer Classes
- GED Classes
- Job Search Techniques
- Resume Preparation
Through work in our hands-on food manufacturing business, women learn the skills that employers say they are not getting in entry level applicants:
- Attendance and Punctuality
- Problem Solving
- Respect for Authority
- Quality Control
- Positive Attitude
- Willingness to Learn
Throughout the course of six months, we work with program participants to help them discover their capabilities and interests. As they approach the end of their training, participants will decide whether to further their education, access more training through another community nonprofit, or search for a new job.
Women's Bean Project graduates have found jobs at many businesses including Wells Fargo Bank, The Colorado Trust, St. Joseph's Hospital, Safeway, Old Country Buffet, Denver Health Medical Center and Marriott's Residence Inn. For a Program Application, please click here. Complete the application and fax, Attention: Eme Barnes, to 303.292.9072 or drop off at Women's Bean Project, 3201 Curtis Street, Denver, 80205 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.