Homeless, precariously-housed, and low-income job seekers suffer from many barriers as they look for work. They have fewer qualifications like specialized training or a high school/college diploma, have longer gaps in their employment history, and less overall job experience.
In addition to these personal challenges, these individuals have little to no employment-related resources, such as reliable transportation, a driver’s license, appropriate clothing, or stable housing.
HopeWorks addresses all of these barriers head-on. Our track record speaks for itself. We continue to place 350 individuals into permanent jobs every year.
Contact Employment Services
Job Development: Ext. 303 – (Program Manager/Job Developer)
Our Job Developers provide services such as: resume and cover letter writing assistance, mock interviewing, application assistance (both online and paper formats), basic computer skills training, job referrals and job placement, and assistance with accessing higher education. They can also offer interview clothing, hygiene packs and haircuts, and transportation assistance when applicable. Clients can walk-in from 8:00am-3:00pm Monday – Friday.
DVR Services: Ext. 325 – (DVR Specialist)
HopeWorks has partnered with the NM Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to provide job development services to individuals with documented disabilities and a desire to work. Our Employment Specialist will make referrals to DVR as appropriate and will then provide specialized job development services to help them obtain gainful employment in the community. The DVR Specialist also screens and refers people for the internship program at Hope Cafe.
Street Sweeper Program: Ext. 318
HopeWorks has contracted with the City of ABQ to hire clients to clean specific neighborhoods throughout the City. At this time, we have workers in Nob Hill, Old Town, Barelas and Wells Park neighborhoods. Currently, there are 7 permanent positions; and we always keep at least two others as back-up/on-call workers in case one of the regular employees needs to take time off.
Hope Café: (505) 382-0128
Hope Café is an employment training site for clients that are interested in working, but have little to no employment history or experience. By providing basic, on-the-job training, we are preparing our clients to obtain and maintain employment in the community. Interns are referred by the job development department only and spend up to 6 months learning basic food preparation and customer service skills. Interns are also offered the opportunity to receive various food service related certificates as well. Upon completion of the internship, clients are assisted with finding permanent employment in the community if applicable.
There’s A Better Way Panhandling Program: Ext. 219
Launched in May of 2015 “There’s a Better Way” is an innovative program that was started by Mayor Richard Berry in partnership with HopeWorks. The purpose of this program is to identify and find homeless, low income, and underemployed citizens that are panhandling on the street corners. A HopeWorks driver picks up active panhandlers on the streets and takes the workers to worksites that are pre-designated by the City’s Solid Waste Department in order clean up specific areas of the City. Workers earn a day’s pay and are referred to HopeWorks for additional services including housing, case management, behavioral health, etc.