Work Options for Women (WOW) is a culinary job training program that prepares students for employment in the food service industry. The program is no-cost to students.
Prospective students must attend a short orientation to determine if the program is a good match for them. Enrolled students are eligible for an incentive up to $100 per week based on their attendance and performance.
To help impoverished women gain the skills and confidence they need to work their way out of poverty and become gainfully and permanently employed in the food service industry.
In 1996, Toni Schmid founded Work Options for Women to serve as a culinary job training program designed to help disadvantaged women obtain entry-level employment in the food service industry.
Partnering with Jane Berryman, a local professional chef, the duo created a multi-faceted job training and social services program to enable women to permanently leave the welfare program. WOW initially operated using donated kitchen space. In 1999, it obtained the first of many concessionaire contracts with Denver's Department of Human Services (DHS). Today, students are trained in the DHS building at the WOW Café, and graduates have the opportunity to work at WOW's other social enterprise, Café Options, located at 1650 Curtis Street in downtown Denver.
Call for a phone intake and to register for an orientation
Low-income individuals living in the Denver and surrounding counties who are over the age of 18 and eligible to work in the United States. Must be able to lift 50 pounds and stand for 7 hours.