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.

Participants must meet one of the three eligibility requirements:
2) HIV+
3) Documented functional limitation

Services provided include job readiness training, one-on-one career coaching, job search, job referrals, interview skills, resume development & retention/post-employment support.

In conjunction with Chicago House’s Employment Program, TransWorks provides services specifically designed for transgender, gender nonconforming and nonbinary individuals.

To view our Employment Program 2016 Dashboard of outcomes and successes, please click: Employment Dashboard FY16


Career Specialist Support
Employment Services participants are assigned a Career Specialist (CS) to help with setting 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. Participants are expected to meet with their CS one hour per week while unemployed.

The mission of TransWorks is to advance employment and work opportunities for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. TransWorks provides a one-time 5-day workshop, career coaching, and mentorship.

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 Community Health Apprenticeship Program
The Community Health Apprenticeship Program builds healthcare infrastructure in communities most affected by HIV/AIDS by training young people from those communities to become leaders in HIV education, prevention, care and treatment, utilizing trauma-informed, strengths-based, and harm reduction strategies.

For more information, email Anthony Betori, Youth Program Manager, at abetori@chicagohouse.org or call 773-248-5200 ext. 310.
If you’re interested in the apprenticeship program, please fill out this short application.

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. Job Club at Chicago House is Tuesdays 9-12 and Thursdays 1-4.

If you are interested in assistance but do not want one-on-one weekly meetings, you are welcome to attend drop-in hours at our 1925 N Clybourn office on Thursdays from 1-4.

If you identify as trans or gender nonconforming, there are additional hours for TransWorks (with access to legal, housing & medical services also) on Mondays from 2:00pm to 5:30pm at 4750 N. Sheridan on the fifth floor.

Client of the Month – Katie J.

Hello, my name is Katie. I am from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I moved to Chicago in August of 2016 after I lost everything I owned. I had a career with a business that I helped start & a fully furnished two-bedroom studio apartment. When the business brought in a new partner, they decided I was “not the right look for the business anymore.” Oh, by the way I’m trans.

So I lost everything in a matter of months. It’s not that easy to get a job in the south when you are different. So life goes on, right? Well it does. Someone offered me a ride to Chicago and well here I am. I came here with my goal set in front of me: Get a job and get a place of my own.

I found a homeless shelter to move in to, and then began to look for work. Not so easy when you have made a couple of mistakes in your life. I found out about TransWorks drop-in hours and that’s where I met Jes Scheinpflug, my Career Specialist. They suggested that I go through the job readiness workshop so I did. As a result I gained new interviewing techniques, revamped my resume, and learned how to writing an amazing cover letter.

I have been in Chicago almost a year. I have a full time job as a house keeper at an amazing place. I’m working on getting my own place right now.

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 773-248-5200 x367.

Am I eligible?
You may call the intake line at 773-248-5200 x367 to ask about eligibility requirements. If you are identify as LGBTQIA, are a person who is HIV+ or have a functional limitation, you are eligible.

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.

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 us.

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. work with a Career Specialist.  To begin the enrollment process, you may call the intake line at 773-248-5200 x367.


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