FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities

Contact Information

140 Sheridan Boulevard
303.477.6111 x11

Our Mission

FRESC is a non-profit organization which brings together a diverse array of stakeholders to advance these principles and achieve lasting change for low and moderate-income workers, their families, and communities in Denver, the metro region and Colorado.

Our Work

FRESC promotes a new vision of organizing that uplifts and empowers working families and creates healthier, more equitable and sustainable communities through policies and agreements.

Our Campaigns and Projects

FRESC has successfully passed a city-wide policy that protects service employees from displacement when contracts change hands, created more affordable housing near transit, and made the case for higher wages in the growing service sector.  (See more accomplishments here.)  Our current efforts continue the work to imagine, build and sustain an economy that works for everyone:

Ensuring full funding of the FasTracks public transit expansion, connecting underrepresented communities to good jobs on the build-out, and making sure low-income families have the chance to live near the system

» Promoting more environmentally sustainable buildings and energy production, and connecting low-income individuals, women and people of color to career training and quality jobs in the industry
» Organizing clergy as a moral voice in support of workplace democracy and better wages and working conditions, especially for vulnerable populations
» Improving transparency, community input, and equitable outcomes in economic development subsidy programs and investments
» Increasing civic participation among our constituents and targeted populations through non-partisan voter education and ballot initiatives that connect to our mission

News Articles

Partnership for Working Families | May 7, 2014

Thanks to Partnership affiliate FRESC’s leadership in the fight against wage theft, the Wage Protection Act (SB 5) passed out of the Colorado legislature yesterday and is headed to Governor Hickenlooper’s desk for signature!

Partnership for Working Families | April 2, 2014

“This is one of the most ambitious programs of its kind in the world and will provide clean air, good jobs and recycling for all.” –Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA Daily News

By a 12-1 vote of City Council, the City of Los Angeles just passed the new Zero Waste LA policy championed by LAANE and the Don't Waste LA Coalition!

Partnership for Working Families | November 6, 2013

In September, Partnership affiliates Puget Sound Sage, Working Partnerships USA, FRESC, and ISAIAH showcased and analyzed their housing campaigns before representatives of nearly 40 local and national organizations at an important gathering of organizations working on inclusionary housing nationwide.

FRESC | August 15, 2013

The reopening of the western line of FasTracks, the region’s light rail system, in July was a big victory for workers in Denver. 9to5 led a campaign supported by Partnership affiliate, FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities, which collected more than 400 signatures for a petition calling on Denver’s Regional Transportation District to restore the recently cut bus lin

FRESC | February 25, 2013

It has been called “the crime wave no one talks about.” FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities is changing that—getting Coloradoans talking about, and doing something about, the wage theft crime wave.  

Partnership for Working Families | November 26, 2012

On Black Friday, shoppers looking for holiday bargains weren’t the only ones at Walmart.  Walmart workers and supporters rallied in 1,000 protests across 46 states. The actions had two goals: educating shoppers about the abysmal working conditions in Wal-Mart stores and suppliers; and showing strong solidarity to prevent Walmart bosses from retaliating against participating workers.    

Partnership for Working Families | March 30, 2012

In February, FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities and the Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council hosted a day-long training designed to deepen relationships between construction trades unions and their community partners.

Partnership for Working Families | March 30, 2012

The Partnership congratulates four members of our network who were selected as winners of the REVERB spring grants program. An initiative of the Progressive Technology Project, REVERB is designed to help social justice organizations develop effective ways to align their organizing, communications, and technology efforts.

Partnership for Working Families | March 30, 2012

Now in its fifth year, the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference will hold regional conferences throughout the country in 2012. The Partnership is proud to sponsor the gatherings and supports our partners from Boston, Los Angles, San Jose, Philadelphia and Atlanta who are participating or have organized sessions at the regional events.

FRESC | June 17, 2011

Together, the Partnership for Working Families is building the next generation of leaders in our cities, leading change from the ground up.

That is exactly what is taking place in Denver.

You can see the power our movement has built in the recent results of the Denver municipal elections. FRESC and our allies will have four champions on City Council. Last month, Denver voters elected FRESC Program Director and Staff Attorney Robin Kniech as City Councilwoman At- Large, making her the first out LGBT elected official to serve in city government. On June 7th, in a run-off election District 1 voters elected Susan Shepherd, former Denver Area Labor Federation Political Director, to represent them. They both join former FRESC Executive Director and current City Council President Chris Nevitt and former union organizer Paul Lopez on Council. With these champions and several other allies on Council, we anticipate a majority on our 13 seat City Council. In addition, Mayor-elect Michael Hancock attended FRESC’s candidate forum and signed our pledge to prioritize good jobs and strong communities if elected mayor.


Employment Opportunities

  • We seek an experienced organizer and manager with political campaign experience to become Managing Director of a new dynamic 501(c)4 sister organization to FRESC. The new Managing Director will report to the Executive Director of FRESC and will receive intensive and regular support and training from both FRESC and staff at the Center for Popular Democracy.