Centro Humanitario Para Los Trabajadores provides a safe and secure place for workers to gather and access work opportunities. Members are required to pay a $15 fee for an I.D., fill out an application, and attend orientation. They are expected to commit, respect, and carry out the visions of El Centro and promote a culture of acceptance and support throughout the community. El Centro members have access to our facility located in Downtown Denver as as ongoing opportunities to participate in classes, activities, and trainings that are designed to build their professionalism, job skills, life skills, and leadership abilities.
Our facility in Downtown Denver provides basic needs and services that low wage workers often live without. We supply a community kitchen that allows workers to cook and a community refrigerator where they can store their groceries. We also offer locker rental services that allow workers to store their personal belongings in a safe place as well as phone and computer services, which help facilitate the workers’ interaction with the community.
Apart from providing workers with basic needs and work opportunities, El Centro also values the importance of developing a professional, skilled workforce that is conscious of their own safety and human rights. Because of this vision, El Centro has emphasized educational programs and leadership development in member training and workshops.
Members participate and engage in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and computer classes throughout the week. These sessions are taught by numerous volunteers and professionals that are experienced, dedicated, and extremely resourceful. Workers also attend a series of trainings and workshops that cover practical and vocational specific topics such as professionalism, conflict resolution, team building, worker’s rights, and marketing skills. These educational programs surround the workers in a professional and resourceful culture that will directly translate to the members’ quality of work and working attitude.
Worker Leadership Development:
In order to address the voices of all workers, El Centro has created a number of activities and trainings that target worker’s leadership development and their ability to actively participate in El Centro’s general worker meetings and worker committee meetings. Members are encouraged to voice their concerns, engage in civic and political discussion, as well as study labor history and political participation among leaders. El Centro’s worker leadership program has proved beneficial to the worker members.