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Denver Site Director Mark Smesrud and Business Account Manager Ubaldo Chavez share the long-term employment goals of CEO in a video created by The Denver Foundation, which has donated to CEO Denver since 2018.

Jun 22, 2023   |  By Colorado Times Recorder

Why Legislators Should Staff Formerly Incarcerated People Like Me

Experiencing the Colorado State Capitol for the first time can be overwhelming. I never experienced anything like it, and I certainly didn’t expect it to result in a job.

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Mar 01, 2023   |  By Emily Montgomery

A path to fulfillment: Ubaldo’s journey to helping others after overcoming adversity

Looking at his life today, Ubaldo sometimes has to pinch himself. “I tell my wife all the time, am I dreaming?,” he says, “It’s so wonderful. I’m so proud of where I am professionally and personally.” Ubaldo has a loving wife and six happy, successful children. He has a career ...

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Sep 09, 2022   |  By Eric Borsuk

“I am not my past”: How Matrice took back control of her life

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Jul 29, 2022   |  By Emily Montgomery

How reentry cash assistance gave Heather housing security during COVID

For Heather, a Colorado native, things were looking good in 2020 for the first time in awhile. She was released from incarceration in December of 2019 and the following February she began job training and transitional work with the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a reentry employment provider. But she ...

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May 11, 2022   |  By Emily Montgomery

Economic mobility after pandemic job loss, thanks to cash assistance

Losing a job during the pandemic could have been a catastrophe for Shaun. But thanks to the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) program and our Returning Citizens Stimulus (RCS) cash assistance, this setback didn’t stop him from achieving economic mobility. After battling addiction and receiving a felony conviction in 2019 ...

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May 04, 2022   |  By The Colorado Sun

Nonprofit gives $1.5M cash to more than 600 formerly incarcerated Coloradans transitioning back to community

Heather Fitzsimmons was working on getting her life back together and staying clean while on probation in Aurora when she noticed what seemed to be an extra deposit in the account where she gets paid.

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Aug 02, 2021   |  By Kenneth Edwards

Congress Must Invest Now in Jobs for Justice-Impacted Individuals

"Congress must take action and make sure workforce investment and subsidized employment pass in economic recovery legislation being debated in D.C."

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CEO Denver's Kristen Payne Talks with Channel 9News About the Program in the Local Community.

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Dec 07, 2018   |  By Vail Daily News

CDOT acknowledged for parolee work program partnership with Center for Employment Opportunities

DENVER — The Center for Employment Opportunities has recognized the Colorado Department of Transportation for its role in providing transitional work to individuals on probation or recently released on parole. CDOT's partnership with the Center for Employment Opportunities has provided employment for nearly 200 people since May 2017. Participants in ...

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