According to the Denver Post, Jeffrey Maes, 57, had been homeless four years, after his remodeling company failed. He lost everything and was considered unemployable, but last year he heard about a Denver sponsored day-labor program that helped his friends get back on his feet, so he gave it a try. He did landscaping in parks, helped the Denver Elections Division and aided public works crews. This experience helped him find a full-time job retrofitting lights at the Denver Central Library.
In the first year after the program began in November, 2016, Denver Human Services says 284 people worked at least one day, and ALL BUT 10 STAYED LONGER. Of these, 110 found full-time work. Maes says, "When you take a good person who's down, broken, discouraged, and you give them an opportunity to be proud of themself, that's one of the greatest gifts anybody can give anybody, and for that I'd like to say thank you."