Routt to Work looking for life coaches |

Routt to Work looking for life coaches

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — As program coordinator for Routt to Work, Beth Lavely understands how a little guidance can help people reach goals of personal wellbeing and self-sufficiency.

“We work with individuals and families who are trying to improve their lives in a number of ways,” Lavely said. “We work in a number of areas of wellbeing, financial stability and community connectedness.”

Lavely is now looking for six volunteer coaches to take part in the final part of a two-part coaching program that started with the Step It Up program two months ago and will now move forward with Move It Up program. The coaching programs are offered through Routt to Work, which was created through a collaboration of Routt County Human Services, Routt County United Way and LiftUp of Routt County.

“The strength of Routt to Work is that it recognizes that we benefit from having someone to sit down and coach us through the work that we are trying to accomplish,” Lavely said.

The main goal of the coaching programs is to help participants reach a variety of personal goals and, in some cases, help those people find a path that leads to a better life.

Step It Up is a two-month program, where participants meet once a month to assess what is going on in the participant’s life and what areas they would like to change. Participants are also taught goal-setting skills.

“We are often confused as an employment program,” Lavely said. “While we do work with individuals on financial and employment goals, we take a little more holistic approach. Our five aspects that we work in include financial life, employment and career, family and relationships, health and personal goals.”

Routt to Work programs are are open to individuals whose income is up to 300 percent above the poverty guidelines. That would mean a single person can make up to $36,420 a year and still qualify. A couple or a single parent with a child can make $49,380, and a family of four can make up to $75,300.

Once participants have completed the Step it Up program, they often advance to the more intense Move It Up program, where participants spend 10 months working alongside a personal coach to reach their personal goals. Lavely said it’s an educational process not only for the participant, but the coaches as well.

The coaches are volunteers who support participants in their goal work and help remove barriers and build resources. Coaches and participants follow the program model during and in-between classes, which gives the partnership direction and structure.

Lavely said the only qualifications coaches need are patience, compassion and the ability to be a listening ear and cheerleader. No special degrees are required.

Coaches are required to attend the Move It Up class on the second Wednesday of every month and meet at least once a month with their participant. They are tasked with helping to advance goal work for participants and using personal and professional connections as a resource.

To volunteer to serve as a community coach or for more information, contact Lavely at 970-870-5291 or

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

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