"Growth...
through employment"

About us

Urban Growth is a growing local job development organization that partners with local social service agencies to provide its clients with the opportunities and support they need to become self-sufficient.

Employment can be a transformative experience for individuals and can provide not only financial stability but also instill a sense of purpose and belonging. We work to provide clients with the tools and opportunities they need to harness their potential and find stable and meaningful work.

We provide support at every step of the process, from job readiness services to employment counseling to retention support. We support our clients' drive and determination and help them achieve the confidence and empowerment that comes from employment.

Our Mission

WE BELIEVE THAT DECISION MAKING SHOULD BE DRIVEN BY CORE VALUES, RATHER THAN THE INDUSTRY STANDARD.

OUR ORGANIZATION PRIDES ITSELF IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH OF OUR CLIENTS THROUGH ENGAGEMENT, EXPANSION, DEVELOPMENT AND IMMERSION.

URBAN GROWTH VIEWS THESE FOUR CONCEPTS AS THE KEY TO BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS AND JOB SEEKERS EAGER FOR BOTH PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL IMPROVEMENT.

History

FOUNDED IN 2007 BY DENA THEO, WHO HAS A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS IN THE CORPORATE FIELD AS DIRECTOR AND OWNER OF A CHICAGO BASED BUSINESS FOR 17 YEARS. DENA HAS TRANSFORMED HER HISTORY OF CORPORATE SUCCESS INTO A NEW PASSION FOR PROVIDING JOB OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP FOSTER THE GROWTH OF INDIVIDUALS IN NEED.

URBAN GROWTH HAS FOSTERED COUNTLESS PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIPS WITH COMPANIES, BOTH LARGE AND SMALL, TO PROVIDE OUR CANDIDATES WITH A WIDE SELECTION OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES. IT IS THROUGH THESE PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE HAVE MAINTAINED AN IMPRESSIVE RECORD OF JOB RETENTION AMONGST PLACED CANDIDATES.

WE WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTNER WITH YOUR ORGANIZATION TOWARDS THE GOAL OF GIVING INDIVIDUALS THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE THEIR DESIRE FOR SELF-ENRICHMENT.

Services
Employer Services

Providing High-Quality Applicants

Client Services

Efficient Job Placements at Competitive Rates

Jobseeker Services

Works to Find the Best Fit for Individuals

Services

Employer Services:
Urban Growth currently works with over 50 employment partners who count on us to provide them with high-quality applicants for all their staffing needs free of charge, seven days a week. Applicants undergo a multiple step pre-screening process that allows Urban Growth to find the best fit for each position. While at Urban Growth, applicants complete all application materials so that they are fully prepared for their interview process. Urban Growth also assists applicants with tax credit precertification and fidelity bonding, ensuring that employers are able to take advantage of all government hiring incentives and insurances. We maintain strong communicative ties with employers to ensure that we are able to respond to any concerns or needs that may arise. Urban Growth also provides retention services that include employer evaluations, to ensure that hired individuals are able to productive employees. Employer relations are a crucial aspect of Urban Growth's work and we work diligently to respond to your employment needs.

Client Services:
Urban Growth partners with local social service agencies and community organizations, including Illinois Department of Human Services - Division of Rehabilitation Services, to provide efficient job placements for their clients at competitive rates. Urban Growth works with individuals of all skill levels and is able to place individuals with multiple barriers to employment, including physical or mental disabilities, criminal backgrounds or limited work histories. We can also coordinate with agencies to provide job preparation skills and trainings as needed. Urban Growth maintains strong ties with employers from a wide range of industries that allow us to place candidates at a position that best fits them. Urban Growth monitors the employment status of referrals and works to find solutions to any workplace issues that may arise.

Jobseeker Services:
Jobseekers that are referred to Urban Growth are prescreened in order to assess their work history, employment interests and any barriers that may be impeding their employment search. Following the prescreening process, individuals discuss potential job opportunities that are available and Urban Growth works to find the best fit for them. Individuals then work with Urban Growth on job readiness skills such as filling out applications, interviewing, and navigating workplace dynamics. We confer with employers to discuss potential candidates and arrange interviews for referrals on their behalf. Urban Growth works with jobseekers throughout the process and provides retention services to ensure that hired individuals are able to maintain stable, long-term employment.

Employers
Working with over 50 Employment Partners

We provide high-quality applicants for all their staffing needs free of charge.

Employer Partnerships

Testimonials
David Grilly, referral from IDHS

"Urban Growth has their clients' well-being as a top priority."

Testimonials

"Dena is a tenacious professional who maintains a focus on partnerships with employers that enables her to help so many of our clients achieve jobs that are careers. Dena is a valued consultant who I would love to hire to focus on our clients exclusively."

Brian M. Rowland, CEO of a Safe Haven

"I highly recommend Urban Growth to any company that holds integrity, passion, and follow through as core assets. They are more than capable of assisting you in reaching all of your goals and will go above and beyond all of your expectations!"

Joyce Pellegrini, Operatiions Director of Corporate Express

"Dena is a ball of energy and self-motivation who gets results no matter the obstacles. She is personable, professional and successful in any endeavor she undertakes. Dena is a pleasurre to work with! If you need something done and done right, call her."

Patricia Lioce, IDES re-entry program manager

"After my prison sentence, I decided to make a change in my life. I had no family, no friends, just a desire inside to make this change. I was introduced to Urban Growth, an organization that works to help get you back on track regardless of your past. you make the decision to work and stick with it regardless of how many doors were closed on you. Urban Growth never closed its doors on me, and for that I am forever grateful."

Robert Gomez, referral from Desi Group

"I give credit to God for his help and for the people at Urban Growth. There aren't many people as persistent and dedicated as their staff and without their help, there's no way I would have been able to find a stable job as quickly as I did."

Kent Barnes, referral from ASH

Staff

Corporate Office

Telephone: 312-465-4200
FAX: 312-465-4201
E-mail:info@urbangrowth.com

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