The Avery Center Economic Employment

(TACEE)

Creating Economic Empowerment

The Avery Center Economic Employment

(TACEE)

Creating Economic Empowerment

Meet Sam

Hello, my name is Samantha. I am from Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Denver, Colorado in July 2017 to escape from my trafficker and a heroin addiction.

I became addicted to opiates while attending Arizona State University. I was a very naive freshmen college student and partying was a main attraction at ASU. Never did I think that one blue pill would affect my entire life. However, that pill did completely devastate my life for many years.

Due to my addiction, I found myself homeless and on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, California. Here is where my trafficker found me. I spent the next two years being trafficked in L.A. thinking I would never be able to escape that life.

One day I found the courage to break free. With the help of some friends I was able to abandon my trafficker and go into treatment in Colorado. At this treatment center I was introduced to therapist who

saved my life and helped shape me into the woman that I am today. This therapist opened my eyes to a higher power, horses, The Avery Center, and much more.

In October 2019, with the guidance of Megan Lundstrom, I decided to join The Avery Center team and took a position with The Avery Center Economic Empowerment Program. I worked my way up and now I'm part of program's leadership team.

Never did I imagine my life to be where it is today. I am now grateful for my dark past because it has led me to such amazing opportunities.

If I can escape my never-ending drug addiction and the crutches of my evil trafficker, it’s possible for anyone to break free and be the person they were born to be.

Today I am grateful, and I get to be a woman I am proud to be, without going to bed in fear every night.

Meet Sam

Hello, my name is Samantha. I am from Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Denver, Colorado in July 2017 to escape from my trafficker and a heroin addiction.

I became addicted to opiates while attending Arizona State University. I was a very naive freshmen college student and partying was a main attraction at ASU. Never did I think that one blue pill would affect my entire life. However, that pill did completely devastate my life for many years.

Due to my addiction, I found myself homeless and on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, California. Here is where my trafficker found me. I spent the next two years being trafficked in L.A. thinking I would never be able to escape that life.

One day I found the courage to break free. With the help of some friends I was able to abandon my trafficker and go into treatment in Colorado. At this treatment center I was introduced to therapist who saved my life and helped shape me into the woman that I am today. This therapist opened my eyes to a higher power, horses, The Avery Center, and much more.

In October 2019, with the guidance of Megan Lundstrom, I decided to join The Avery Center team and took a position with The Avery Center Economic Empowerment Program. I worked my way up and now I'm part of program's leadership team.

Never did I imagine my life to be where it is today. I am now grateful for my dark past because it has led me to such amazing opportunities.

If I can escape my never-ending drug addiction and the crutches of my evil trafficker, it’s possible for anyone to break free and be the person they were born to be.

Today I am grateful, and I get to be a woman I am proud to be, without going to bed in fear every night.

What is TACEE?

Based in Greeley, Colorado, our Job Training Program provides immediate employment while teaching entrepreneurship. Program participants are involved in all areas of program operations, including photography, marketing, branding, inventory, merchandising, customer service, point-of-sale, and more. The program is built to create a trauma-informed environment and designed with the utmost flexibility. Program graduates are equipped with skills that make it easier to re-enter the workforce at-large.

The program pays living wages while equipping participants with job skills, building work history, education, financial literacy, and the ability to end poverty much sooner.

Join the
Job Training Program

Join the Job Training Program

Program Structure

Work hours are divided into two segments: storefront operations and personal/professional development.

Personal and professional development work is further divided into two categories: individual coursework and group activities. Within the self-paced individual coursework, topics range dependent upon the track the participant chooses - job readiness, management, or entrepreneurial. Group activities range from self-care to computer literacy and are designed to not only increase skills and knowledge but encourage peer support and model healthy relationships with community members.

Our Job Training Program includes positions both locally in Greeley, CO as well as online-only remote options. The number of available job positions is limited; if we do not have an immediate opening, we do have the option to add you to our wait list. Fill out the form below to join the Job Training Program.

Program Phases

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Phase One

Immediate Employment
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Phase Two

Exploration of
Various Industries

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Phase Three

Meaningful
Employment

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Building Community

Through Survivor peer Support and Mental Health Support

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Building Community

Through Survivor peer Support and Mental Health Support

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Building Community

Through Survivor peer Support and Mental Health Support

What can we help you with?

Sustainable employment
Resume
Job Coaching
Time Management

Maintaining Steady Employment
Conflict Management
Team Building

Creating Goals and Expectations for Self
Finding Work Life Balance

Advocacy

  • What are your needs?
  • How do you vocalize them?

Sustainable employment
Resume
Job Coaching
Time Management
Maintaining Steady Employment
Conflict Management
Team Building
Creating Goals and Expectations for Self
Finding Work Life Balance
Advocacy

  • What are your needs?
  • How do you vocalize them?
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