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 Dashboards of outcomes and successes, please click: Employment Dashboard FY16 FY 2017 Employment Dashboard


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 Matt Graham, Youth Program Manager, at mgraham@chicagohouse.org or call 773-248-5200 ext. 310.

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 Spotlight

“Before I did the TransWorks job training workshop, I was way too anxious and depressed to job search on my own, and didn’t really know where to start. I appreciate the help and care from everyone at Chicago house, it helped motivate me to get a job and feel less freaked out. Now I am currently working for Whole Foods grocery department and crushing it. It feels good to have a schedule again and some stability. Chicago House is siiiick.”

Xo Steve








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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