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    P.O. Box 660
    Eagle, Colorado 81631
    Phone: 970-328-8840

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    El Jebel, Colorado 81623
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Employment First program completes first year, helps food assistance recipients gain 208 jobs

Contact: Megan Burch, Strategy, Partnerships and Performance Manager, 970-328-8815, 

Feb. 15, 2017 – The Eagle County Department of Human Services’ Employment First program is reporting significant success in its first year. The program, which connects food assistance recipients with resources to earn gainful employment, helped place participants in over 200 jobs in 2016. 

Megan Burch, strategy, partnerships and performance manager, says these new employees are contributing to the county’s economy through resort jobs, healthcare positions and even launching small businesses.

“The types of jobs are as varied as those enrolled, and Employment First has provided many with enough earnings to either move off of food assistance completely or reduce their reliance on public assistance,” Burch said.

With the diverse range of participants comes a large assortment of career goals, challenges and capabilities. Employment First gives all participants training on some of the most common parts of job searching. Beyond that, the specifics of the program vary to match individual needs. 

“There’s a great variety in the people who have come through the program to date, from those at the start their careers to those with decades of work experience; from those who’ve never finished high school to those with a doctorate; and from those who have been unemployed long-term to those coming off of six figure income jobs,” said Burch.  

Federal law requires that those who are able to work get involved with an employment program in order to keep their benefits. Employment First is a required program focused on building self-sufficiency.

To learn more about Employment First, view Commissioner Jill Ryan’s UpFront Interview at, or contact Burch at 970-328-8815 or at