At Rubi’s Positive Empowerment we want to help businesses determine if they qualify for tax credits like the Employee Retention Credit (ERC).

We partner with the state of Colorado and community organizations to help individuals with disabilities gain and maintain employment. Our community partners qualify for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).

Our services focus on empowering our clients to identify strengths, find their voice, and use their unique outlook and abilities to contribute to their community. Together we partner with the business community to explore staffing solutions while streamlining progress towards their inclusion and diversity goals.

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Our Vision

Rubi’s Positive Empowerment exists to accelerate the transition of a world where all people are valued, know their worth, and feel supported while fiercely pursuing whatever it is that lights their soul on fire.

We Believe

In win-win transparent business opportunities that create a thriving community.

When people feel good, they do good. Regardless of whether you are a small business owner or an individual looking for a fulfilling career, safety and wellness are a requirement for a fulfilling life.

In creating empowering partnerships with businesses in the community to provide employment solutions by linking talent and ability to business needs.

In investing in our team to create a healthy work-life balance.

Our Values

Authenticity

Being courageously present, open and honest with ourselves and with everyone we do business with.

Community

Creating meaningful supportive relationships rooted in service to the greatest good for all involved. Being transparent and collaborative with strategic alliances.

Leadership

Being the change we want to see in the world by bringing light to the possibilities and benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Respect

Treating others how we want to be treated. Being grounded in the belief that self-respect is a vital ingredient to respecting others.

We Work With…

the following government organizations to serve you better.

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Individual Services

We are committed to your employment journey.

At Rubi’s Positive Empowerment we utilize a multifaceted approach alongside our clients and offer support in strategic ways that match them with a successful job. Below are the services we provide in the job development process.

Interested in seeing if you qualify for the Employee Retention Credit? Or would you like to learn more about how you can qualify for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit? Would you like to learn more about job development, coaching, or worksite set-up?

15-Minute Consultation

Community Partnership Services

We offer employment solutions by linking talent and ability to business needs. Our vision is for every business in Colorado Springs to experience that people with disabilities are vital to Colorado’s workforce and communities’ success.

As a Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation vendor, we can provide recruitment, training, and retention services to businesses at no cost. We are able to market to businesses and create community partnerships that reach out to us for their employment needs.

Volunteer Programs

We provide volunteer opportunities where local businesses and individual clients both benefit. This partnership creates a work experience that can positively impact clients’ lives while businesses receive free labor.

The state ensures that clients onsite receive a job coach to reinforce training. In many cases, the volunteer gets paid from the State of Colorado’s Vocational Rehabilitation. Recruiting, training, and retention services are all included at no cost to the business.

Want help becoming a more diverse and inclusive employer? Look no further! Contact us today for a complimentary 15-Minute Consultation!

Key Community Partnerships

We work with these Colorado Springs community partners to help give back and support our community.

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Want To learn more

Rubi’s Positive Empowerment would love to chat with you! We love coming up with creative ways to come alongside our clients and help them reach their goals!

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About us

The Road to Rubi’s Positive Empowerment

Theresa Garcia was inspired to establish Rubi’s Positive Empowerment in 2019. Today, it is one of the most effective agencies in Colorado at helping individuals with disabilities find their passion and enhance their skills. Rubi’s job coaching and development programs set people up for success in the future, both personally and professionally. 

Before Rubi’s Positive Empowerment, Theresa Garcia had recently moved to Colorado with no exact next steps. She joined a networking group intending to find some inspiration – or meet some. After all, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

Inspiration is exactly what she found!

Theresa learned at a networking event that some schools were forcing students with disabilities to work in a transition program where the schools received all the payment, not the students doing the work. This did not sit well with her. Theresa felt compelled to make a difference for individuals with disabilities. 

Soon after, she applied for a mentorship with a program-approved service agency working with individuals with disabilities. When she was asked during the interview what her ultimate goal was, she was completely honest, knowing she may not get hired. 

She told them she intended to build a group home that would be run like a holistic community wellness center with a huge farm. It would be the first whole food, plant-based group home in the United States. By exposing the kids to as many professions as possible, and dovetailing their development into the things they most enjoyed, she would set them up for future entrepreneurship. If they wished, she would show them how to start a business doing what they loved, helping with everything from the business plan, to grant writing, all the way to acquiring funding.

Theresa didn’t get the mentorship position, but she was offered a position in a supported employment department. She wasn’t sure she would like the job, but after the first week she knew what her true calling was. She spent that weekend researching how to help her clients reach their goals. Two weeks in, she found herself in charge of the entire department. 

She completely redesigned the department, and within a month, every client had at least one interview for a job that matched their goal. Two months later, clients were getting hired, and the department was growing. When Theresa wondered what was next for her, a counselor from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation expressed her interest in Theresa’s skills and asked her to become a provider herself.

Theresa took the advice and leaned in to the opportunity. She applied to become a provider and started Rubi’s Positive Empowerment. Today, it is a thriving business that has brought a lot of success for the people it serves and the community.

Theresa Garcia

Chief Empowerment Officer

Theresa Garcia, founder of Rubi’s Positive Empowerment, really knows how to bring the positivity! Incorporating self-care and stress reduction skills, she uses her years of experience in the employment industry to help people become their best selves, personally and professionally. Her ability to match people’s talents, skills, and passions with the employers best situated to appreciate them is unequaled!

Adam Carnes

Employment Specialist

Adam comes to Rubi’s with over 13 years of customer service experience. He enjoys working with people, and has a passion to see others succeed. In addition to customer service, Adam has worked in child care, and has experience teaching English as a Second Language. After working customer service at a coffee shop for many years, Adam decided to try his hand at job coaching and development, to make a bigger difference in his community. He is a lifelong learner, and is always excited to learn new things and grow his skill set. He is a patient and attentive listener, and great at building professional relationships with the people he works with. Outside of work, Adam enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities, as well as playing ukulele.

Brittany D. Kaip, MS

Billing & Benefits Specialist

Brittany comes to Rubi’s with over 15 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. Educationally, she has a master’s degree in Counseling and has been working with people in varying stages of their vocational rehabilitation process for many years. She enjoys a good challenge and problem solving to design beneficial solutions. She believes that with the right tools to succeed everyone can reach their personal and vocational goals. Outside of work, she enjoys photography, arts/crafts, and getting out to enjoy nature.

Laurel Rankin

Marketing Specialist

Laurel had many different kinds of jobs before she realized that the corporate office environment was not a good fit and took an apprenticeship doing tile installation. She found tiling to be a good blend of problem solving, creativity, and self-direction, eventually building her own tile business. Now she is building another business, using her journalism degree and natural affinities for design and editing to help business owners streamline and professionalize their marketing. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, painting, and hiking with her senior dog.

From the Blog

  • Theresa and Jay were my assigned job coaches for my employment with Colorado Springs District #11. Both were instrumental in helping me with accomplishing my goals. They were both a pleasure to have as my job coaches, as they were both very patient and accommodating. They were always available to talk to whenever I had any questions that needed answering. If I was unable to reach them, I left messages from them and their response was always prompt. It has been my pleasure and good fortune to have both of them for my job coaches.
    Erika Quintana
  • I was so apprehensive of needing or wanting a job coach. After one conversation I had with Theresa, I was motivated and literally empowered to be involved with Job Coaching. Within one week, Theresa had me in my dream job excellent use of my skills and tools to my self-confidence soar.
    Tera Brown
  • I cannot recommend Theresa Garcia and her team more. Theresa has been very patient with me and very professional. I am so grateful for help with my resume and job search.
    Lillian Archuleta
  • I really, really enjoy working with Rubi’s, and have liked all the people that helped me. I know how a job as a dishwasher at Cerberus Brewery, where I work very hard, get all the prep-work on the board done and I learn lots more prep-work. My job coach is very nice, and she helped me not only get this job, but learn it. She helped me become the hard worker I am.
    Milton Smith

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Rubi’s Positive Empowerment is eager to hear from you! Fill out the form below and the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Together, we can make an impact.

Contact Info
Email: info@rpempowerment.com
Phone: 719-235-8777

Address
3311 W. Carefree Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80917

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