As part of both TransLife Care and the Employment Program, TransWorks’ mission is to advance employment and work opportunities for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals.

TransWorks consists of a 5-day skill-building workshop, one-on-one career coaching, a weekly job club at Heartland Health Outreach, and a mentorship program.

In addition to working with clients, TransWorks staff conduct employer trainings with local businesses and social service agencies to help create workplaces that are trans affirming and inclusive.

We strive to provide services that will help our clients achieve greater self-sufficiency and productivity, ultimately leading to successful employment and fulfilling, productive lives.

For questions about the program, please contact:
Lathem Bonem
TransWorks Program Manager
773-248-5200 ext 108


Career Specialist Support
TransWorks participants are assigned a career specialist (CS) to help set goals and objectives. Career Specialists are career-focused counselors who provide one-on-one guidance before, during, after a participant finds employment. All participants are welcomed into the program regardless of their skill level or educational background, and career specialists will work with each person individually to provide appropriate support, encouragement, and resources.

Job Readiness Workshop
All participants are required to complete our 5-day readiness workshop. The workshop is designed to be a fun, engaging, and interactive learning experience. Topics include: crafting an elevator pitch, knowing your legal protections as a TGNC employee, workplace culture, disclosure/non-disclosure of gender identity, conflict resolution on the job, managing stress, time management, interview preparation, and more.

TransWorks Job Club at Heartland Health Outreach
TransWorks Job Club is a weekly drop-in that takes place on Mondays from 2:00pm to 5:30pm at 4750 N. Sheridan on the fifth floor. Participants can work independently on job searching, updating resumes and cover letters, and other job-related tasks. A career specialist is available for questions and support. Access to legal, housing & medical services are also available.

Launched in September, 2015, the TransWorks Mentorship Program pairs TGNC  identified job-seekers with TGNC community members who are currently working. Mentor/Mentee pairs will meet monthly for group social gatherings, and will meet at least once a month one-on-one. The goal of the program is to provide our job seekers with support and insight from community members with knowledge and experience to share.

Employer Trainings
The TransWorks Program offers informative, interactive trainings for local businesses and social services agencies who are interested in creating workplaces that are trans-affirming and inclusive. The training covers such topics are terminology 101, how to make a workplace safer and more accessible for TGNC clients and employees, and what employers need to know to uphold existing laws that protect employees on the basis of their gender identity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for this program?
The TransWorks program is open to anyone who identifies as transgender, gender non-conforming, gender non-binary, etc.

How to I participate?
To enroll, please call our intake line at 773-248-5200 ext 108.

How much does it cost?
There is no cost to participate in the TransWorks Employment Program.

Do you provide transportation assistance?
The TransWorks Program offers public transit cards for employment-related purposes for participants who qualify.


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