Work Options for Women

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About us

Work Options for Women (WOW) was founded in 1996 with a mission to combat homelessness and poverty by providing unemployed women with the confidence and skills they need to become gainfully and permanently employed in the food service industry. WOW has trained and placed more than 300 women in cooking and food service positions since its inception in 1996.

WOW students engage in 16 weeks of "hand-on" food service training alongside professional chef instructors. Training takes place at the WOW Café in the Richard T. Castro Denver Human Services Building as well as WOW's restaurant, Café Options, in downtown Denver.

WOW's chef instructors provide food service skills training and employment preparation. The WOW case management team assists students by helping them overcome barriers to employment such as homelessness, learn life skills, secure job placements, and offers post-placement follow up services for 1 - 3 years.

To learn more about getting involved or donating, contact Jessica Smith at You can also visit us at Cafe Options (1650 Curtis St., Denver, CO), and 100% of your purchase will go to WOW programs.


Contact information

Date Founded: March 2007

Government ID number: 84-1364292

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Phone: 720-944-1920

1200 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO, 80204, US

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