Chicago House’s Employment Services Program provides training, career counseling, and mentorship to assist individuals in achieving financial independence and autonomy by working with clients to eliminate the barriers that have prevented them from entering or reentering the workforce. Chicago House’s Employment Program is the first and only program in the Midwest to specialize in working with the LGBTQ population who are unemployed or under-employed.
The Employment Program services are free of charge. We are currently recruiting individuals who are unemployed and/or underemployed. They must meet only one of the three eligibility requirements:
2) Documented disability with a functional limitation
3) HIV Positive
Services provided are job readiness training, one-on-one career coaching, job search, referrals, interview skills, resume development, computer classes, financial classes, job development and retentions/post-employment support. In conjunction with Chicago House’s Employment Program, TransWorks provides services specifically designed for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. The program is modeled after the evidence-based Supported Employment model that focuses on helping people return to work, giving them the ongoing support they need to be successful on the job.
Chicago House’s Employment Services consist of:
Career Specialist Support
Employment Services participants are assigned a Career Specialist to help with setting career goals and objectives. A Career Specialist is a career-focused counselor, who provides one-on-one guidance both before and after a participant gets a job.
iMove 4ward Workshop
We highly recommend that participants complete our comprehensive and intensive 3-day job-readiness training, as doing so greatly improves employment outcomes. Topics discussed include self-awareness, self-esteem, communication, career planning, conflict resolution, anger management and self-care, goal setting, and interview skills.
The mission of TransWorks is to advance employment and work opportunities for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. TransWorks consists of a 3-week skill-building workshop, career coaching, and mentorship. You may learn more about the TransWorks Program here.
The Job Club consists of an open computer lab for participants to work independently on employment-related tasks, including job searching and resume updating.
One-hour computer class sessions are offered weekly and are meant to improve participants’ computer skills. The classes cover different topics each week to allow participants the flexibility to attend classes based on their needs. The current topics include: Basic Computer Skills, GMail and Google Drive, Microsoft Word, and Online Job Search and Job Applications.
Financial Literacy Workshop
Monthly financial literacy workshops introduce participants to government entitlements, banking and credit cards, budgeting, and tips to avoid higher-cost financial services. Specifically targeted towards those that are already employed (but open to everyone), these workshops encourage participants to find a strategy that helps them best manage their money.