Opening the Way to Work
As far as Lynda Drake is concerned, conscientious job seekers can spend all the time they want in her office, looking for work.
“I like having good clients -- after all, they just make me look good! “ she says, with a laugh.
As job developer at Bayaud Enterprises, Linda Drake’s office and her online job-hunt strategies are in constant demand with clients who are seeking her insights and expertise.
For 45 years, the Denver-based business has specialized in providing vocational assessment, training services and employment opportunities for persons who are disadvantaged and struggling, whether the need is because of homelessness, physical or mental challenges, or any of life’s game-changing setbacks.
In 2013, Bayaud Enterprises began a partnership with the Julia Greeley Home.
In 2013, Julia’s residents received access to Bayaud Enterprises’s services, and to Lynda Drake’s job counseling expertise, both at our pilot home in Arvada and at the company’s headquarters in central Denver.
Linda sees Julia’s program as unique because it allows a woman to recover her self-sufficiency and confidence in the context of a family home.
“I love what the Julia Greeley program is about,” Linda says. “It’s such a different approach, not a typical shelter, but more loving and holistic, and that’s what I’m about, too.”
When Julia's moved to our new shared community with Shannon's Hope in August 2015, we re-established our relationship with Bayaud Enterprises.
The women at Julia’s can continue to draw on Bayaud Enterprise’s array of job training and placement programs at the Bayaud location in central Denver. The company provides vocational assessment and helps an individual search the job market for work in both the private and government sectors. In the past year, the company has helped more than 500 people recover their dignity and find work in the competitive job market.
Linda sees Julia’s as offering a fresh and personal approach to restoring a woman’s self-esteem and independence.
“I was impressed by the fact that Julia’s refers to people as living in a house; there’s not an “us versus them” mentality,” she says. “A lot times, when talking about the homeless or disadvantaged, people refer to “us and them,” as if we’re different. But none of us are.”