Bud’s Job Training Program

WayneWe have to give a big shoutout to Wayne as the Bud’s employee of the month for March! He has done a tremendous job helping us with our donations program and making sure we always have great product in the store. Thanks for all you do, Wayne!

A lot of people know that Bud’s Warehouse is Denver’s original and best home improvement thrift store. But not everyone knows that Bud’s is also a non-profit job-training program for individuals rebuilding lives from addiction, homelessness and prison. Bud’s Warehouse hires and trains individuals who have significant barriers to employment. Every morning before the store opens, Bud’s employees and volunteers gather for on-site trainings. The Bud’s Warehouse training program is designed to combine workplace experience with trainings that equip employees for transition to full-time, self-sufficient employment.

Our employees participate in a one year program and go through an individualized life skills curriculum that includes such topics as: healthy living, job development, personal finance, computer skills, and interviewing for new jobs (among others). We also do weekly one-on-one case management that covers personal and professional goal setting and  transitioning into independent living. Our program was even recently featured on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national website.

When you shop at Bud’s you directly support our mission and our employees. We’re always looking for partners to benefit our staff – do you have a skill you could help us train in or know someone who would be willing to consider one of our graduates for employment? Just let us know.

As always, Bud’s Warehouse is open to the public.  The innovative concept of a home improvement thrift store has become increasingly popular with area homeowners seeking savings of up to 70% on home improvement items while helping others.  The organization offers vinyl flooring, marble and granite, doors, kitchen cabinets, appliances, carpet, hardware, light fixtures, windows, cabinet doors, bathtubs, sinks, and many other building materials.

For more information or to donate tax deductible building materials, call (303) 296-3990. Bud’s Warehouse is open Monday though Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.


  1. tanja tombaugh says:

    I had the absolute PLEASURE of working with Wayne this morning!!! What a delight! I am starting to look for some tiles for a couple of bathrooms. I popped in to start pricing and things, and Wayne was there in a flash to see if my sister and I needed any help. He was SO friendly, polite, and eager!!!! We chatted a bit, he let me know he was learning too and before I knew it, Wayne, Anthony, my sister and I were able to address more than just tiles for the tubs. Both of these gentlemen were wonderful!!! My sister is visibly disabled and I dread home repair work more than the dentist, but these gentlemen both made us feel like we could actually DO this!!! I can not say enough kind things about these two — their level of knowledge, kindness, customer service, a desire to be helpful…. they are definitely paying forward the opportunity they have been given 🙂

    Thanks from Reta and Tanja 🙂 We will DEFINITELY be seeing you again soon.

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