WorkLife Partnership began as the Employer of Choice (EOC) initiative out of Jefferson County Workforce Center in June 2009. WorkLife Partnership was accepted as a project under the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC) in May 2011 and has gained its nonprofit status under the CNDC.
Inspiration and direction for the early stages of WorkLife Partnership came from a nonprofit out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, called THE SOURCE and a for-profit business, Cascade Engineering. THE SOURCE has been operating for 7 years and has proven positive Return-on-Investment to its member employers every year.
WorkLife Partnership was founded to address work barriers, such as childcare, transportation, and housing, facing incumbent workers, and thus keeping them from maintaining their job. Naturally, the focus is on low-wage earners who lack resources needed to support them through life’s crises. WorkLife accomplishes this by forming private-public partnerships that leverage the best resources of non-profit, government, community resources, and private employers.
WorkLife currently serves Denver Metro-area employers and is the only model of its kind in Colorado.