More than 15,000 individuals are currently imprisoned throughout the state of Colorado. As of 2019, 6% of them return to prison just one year after their release date due to inadequate access to opportunities that will help them to succeed post release. Servicios’ WAGEES Adult and Youth Re-entry programs work with clients every step of the way to help them gain access to employment, training, housing resources, and more, to ensure that they have the tools they need for a safe a successful re-integration into society.

WAGEES DOC (Adult Re-entry): Work and Gain Employment and Education Skills, Department of Corrections

Our WAGEES program offers supportive services and mentoring to adult men and women who are reintegrating into society after incarceration. WAGEES offers a variety of resources across the community to help parolees complete parole successfully and gain the skills necessary to not return to prison. WAGEES staff attends parole orientation at the Denver and Englewood parole offices to meet with potential participants the first week of being released.

Mentorship is a critical aspect of the WAGEES program. Each participant is different and case managers work with them one on one to make sure goals and progress are in line with long-term success.

Mentorship is a critical aspect of the WAGEES program. Our team recognizes that each participant is unique. Case Managers work with participants one-on-one to ensure their goals and progress are aligned with long-term success.

WAGEES is an incentive-based program, incentives include

  • Employment Program: $25.00 gift card once placed in employment/or completion of short-term training program
  • Employment Retention: will be given those who retain employment for 90 days. Along with verification from employer and current pay stub participation will then receive a $50.00 incentive.
  • Vocational Training: $50 incentive will be awarded to persons who obtain certification and/or complete occupational/vocational training(s) (depending on the length and intensity of training).

Our staff believes that everyone deserves a hand up after incarceration regardless of what they have done or where they have come from. This empathic case management approach comes from the staff’s direct experience with incarceration and/or incarcerated family members.  There is a non-judgmental approach to case management and case managers will help identify goals to help participants achieve success.

Services

Additional Information

Funded by the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership, the program serves all offenders no matter what their charges are. Serving individuals that are currently on parole, living at a halfway house, or are currently discharged. Individuals can enroll into the program up to one year after their release date.

Incentive based program:

  • Employment verification: $50
  • Vocational training: $75
  • Employment retention: $100

Quick Facts

Clients enrolled in the Wagees DOC program since July 1st 2020
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Less than 4% of clients have returned to prison since July 1st, 2020

We serve individuals that are released from prisons from all across the state

WAGEES Staff

Jennifer Roybal

WAGEES/CDOC Program Co-Coordinator

Itzel Gonzalez

WAGEES/CDOC Program Co-Coordinator

Victor Lagunas

WAGEES Case Manager

Anthony Luna

WAGEES Case Manager

Jimmy Chacon

WAGEES Case Manager

Eryka Ribota

MSW Candidate, Senior Specialist

Testimonials

"The Wagees program has given me a second chance at life and they motivated me to complete the program with numerous outcomes”

Philip G.

"I have been able to find stable employment, found stable housing, and started my Journey-man certification thanks to Servicios de La Raza."