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:

1) LGBTQ
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.

TransWorks

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.

Job Club

The Job Club consists of an open computer lab for participants to work independently on employment-related tasks, including job searching and resume updating.

Computer Classes

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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I participate in Chicago House's Employment Program?
 In order to participate in any of our employment workshops, trainings, or programs, you must enroll in Chicago House’s Employment Services Program and work with a Career Specialist.  To begin the enrollment process, you may call the intake line at 773-305-0705 x109. 
Am I eligible?
You may call the intake line at 773-305-0705 x109 to ask about eligibility requirements.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to participate in Chicago House’s Employment Services Program.
Where is the program located?
Employment workshops and trainings are generally offered at Chicago House’s main office at 1925 N. Clybourn in Chicago, as well as additional locations throughout Chicago. TransWorks workshops generally take place at Chicago House’s TransLife Center on the north side of Chicago.  For more specific information about how to participate in the Employment Services Program and TransWorks, and for information on possible locations near you, please call the intake line at 773-305-0705 x109 .
Does Chicago House’s Employment Program assist with transportation to and from appointments?
Chicago House’s Employment Program offers public transit cards, for employment-related purposes, and for participants who qualify.