100 Employees!

The Mile High WorkShop was launched in February 2014. Over the last 4.5 years, the WorkShop team has worked really hard to provide great training and build a functional business model. As an organization we’ve partnered with over 340 businesses and have earned over $1 million in production revenue.

In that same time span, over 165 donors have given over half a million dollars to support our work. That’s individuals, churches, businesses and foundations in Denver and around the country – thank you!

Let’s quickly reflect on those numbers and point out that for every dollar we’ve raised through donations, our training participants have matched that one dollar with 2 dollars through their production activities. We’d say that’s a pretty good return on investment! And just to rephrase that one more time, we’ve covered about 2/3 of our entire operational expenses through the production work of our program employees.

But what’s it all for? We don’t exist to just make cool stuff or to tell a good financial story, we exist for the good of people in our community. We do all of this work so that we can hire and support people like our very first employee who delivered Juvo Water back in July 2014 and every employee since then, all the way up to our recently hired 100th employee!!

Of those 100 people, we have a few different ways of looking at the “success” of our work together. Recidivism is the lowest bar we’re looking to clear – Colorado has about a 50% recidivism rate, meaning that about half of the people who exit incarceration are reincarcerated again within a few years. Of the 100 people we’ve employed, only 5 have been rearrested so we feel like we’re doing a great job of at least helping folks stay out of jail and prison.

Then we’re looking at who left their time with us to a job and is still working. To date, out of everyone who’s worked for us and left, a little over half of those folks are still employed and doing well.

So that’s a bit about what’s happened in the last 4.5 years. We feel really proud of the work we’ve done together and hope you do too.

But don’t just take our word for it: here’s a few years of local news clips mashed into one fun highlight reel!

Everpillow - Yes, We Manufacture the Best Pillows Ever!

If you've ever been to the shop, you've probably seen pillow cases getting sewn and then stuffed with a variety of amazing, natural materials. Our team works hard to manufacture a truly amazing product for our friends at Everpillow. We love partner with a great company like Everpillow and are so proud to ship out such high a quality product.

To quote the Everpillow website, we think they're pretty pleased about working with us too:

"We’re all about being part of a bigger story, which is why InfiniteMoon partners with Mile High WorkShop, a Denver-based job training and employment program dedicated to rebuilding the lives of men and women transitioning back into the workforce following homelessness, addiction, and incarceration."

We get asked all the time where to buy these great pillows, so here's your answer... use this link to have a pillow shipped to your door and the WorkShop will get a cut of the purchase price (and we'll get to build another pillow to replace the one you buy!). Use code "MHW" at checkout for an extra 10% off - you're welcome!

Thanks to Everpillow for their support!

Free Screening: Untouchable

Did you know that people with sex offenses reoffend at rates significantly lower than the general corrections population? If they do commit a new crime it will most likely not be a sexual or violent crime. Most studies put the S.O. recidivism rate in the single digits compared to Colorado’s general recidivism rate of around 50%.

Punishment for sexual offenses is painted with a broad brush and is often life-long. Offenders often have to manage polygraphs; drug tests; a variety of therapy groups; overworked parole officers; crowded halfway houses; unreasonable schedule requirements; limited access to technology; and other sky-high hurdles. Add this all up and life can genuinely feel unlivable for many people.

The craziest thing about it all is that every piece of research and evidence suggests the vast majority of these draconian systems not only don’t work, but they often actually lead to higher rates of recidivism.

Join us for an insightful evening learning more about the ecosystem of sexual offenses in our criminal justice system and communities.

We're excited to host a free screening of the film Untouchable at the shop on Thursday, July 19 at 6:30pm. This compelling documentary focuses on some of the reentry challenges we regularly see in our work. We're excited to share this opportunity with our friends and hope you'll be able to attend!