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CHARG Resource Center Receives Funding from Caring for Denver Foundation during COVID-19 Crisis

Denver, CO – Caring for Denver Foundation announced today funding designed to help organizations and frontline responders during the COVID-19 crisis.

Caring for Denver Foundation was created to quickly respond to emerging mental health needs and substance misuse issues in our communities. We are designed to react to the rapidly changing needs of our communities and to support them as they address the growing impacts of this current pandemic.

Though our physical offices are closed, we are working diligently to provide fast, general operating funding to support our communities by:

  1. Ensuring our funding reaches those most likely to be able to respond to mental health and substance misuse crises during this time.
  2. Reinforcing the frontline resources of community-driven mental health and those working to address substance misuse so they may continue meeting the needs of the populations they serve.
  3. Supporting providers and organizations overwhelmed working on mental health and substance misuse during this time so they remain able to continue to support the ongoing needs of the community as this rapidly changing situation progresses.

To this end, Caring for Denver has designated a Colorado COVID-19 Support Fund including grants and staff support in three specific areas:

  • An emergency childcare program for children of those providers in Denver supporting critically at-risk populations. Caring for Denver is dedicating resources toward efforts to help ensure those have the social supports they need to continue providing vital services to meet the demand for care and limit any barriers to care.
  • Funding to support self-care including crisis intervention for support and access to behavioral health for those on the frontlines caring for the critically ill and homeless populations.
  • Flexible and responsive funds to those providers working on mental health and substance misuse issues so they can continue to serve at-risk populations.

In partnership with other foundations, agencies, and community organizations, Caring for Denver will continue to monitor needs and align resources for both the short-term and long-term.

“These are difficult times for us all, especially those on the frontlines, as we combat the spread of coronavirus across our city and state. As we navigate these uncharted waters, I am proud to work with Caring for Denver to bolster social supports for our healthcare workers and the mental health programs available to them,” Leslie Herod, Caring for Denver Foundation Board Chair.

“We want to ensure that providers are equipped to meet the rapidly changing needs of the communities they’re serving during this crisis. And as we’ve continually done, we’ll listen to the community and adjust our actions to address needs as this situation changes, ” said Lorez Meinhold, Executive Director.

Lorez Meinhold, Executive Director, Caring for Denver Foundation.

“I applaud Caring for Denver for taking these steps to support the hard-working residents of our city when they need it the most,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “I’ve said from the beginning, we are going to get through this together, by taking care of each other and ensuring the most vulnerable among us are always a priority.”

Mental health and substance use organizations are critical Denver safety-net providers in communities serving at-risk populations. This funding will seek to ensure the following organizations have the operational resources necessary to meet the community’s ongoing needs:

  • Servicios de la Raza
  • The Harm Reduction Center
  • The Center for Trauma and Resiliency
  • Life-Line Colorado
  • Element of Discovery – Therapists of Color
  • Tribe Recovery Homes
  • Sobriety House
  • The Center
  • The Empowerment Program
  • The Rose Andom Center
  • Friends of the Haven
  • CHARG Resource Center

Self-care dollars for staff supporting critically at-risk homeless populations:

  • The Gathering Place
  • Urban Peak
  • Denver Rescue Mission
  • Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
  • Volunteers of America
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Delores Project
  • Catholic Charities
  • St. Francis Center

To find out information about future funding opportunities, please visit caring4denver.org or follow facebook.com/caring4denver.

About Caring for Denver Foundation

Caring for Denver Foundation was founded and funded with overwhelming voter support in November of 2018 to put 25 cents from every hundred dollars spent into a community fund for mental health and substance misuse issues. Caring for Denver will distribute at least $35 million per year to support programs in Denver that:

– Increase mental health and substance misuse prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction.

– Provide alternatives to jails and emergency rooms as a first stop for those in crisis.

– Fund community-identified priorities.

These actions outlined above fit squarely in the areas of early prevention of mental health and substance misuse challenges and will help ensure Denver residents have access to the appropriate care at the right time and support to navigate that care.

Caring for Denver Foundation is a public 501c3 nonprofit organization integrated with and accountable to stakeholders across Denver with oversight from 13 Board members appointed by the Mayor, District Attorney, and City Council President. Representative Leslie Herod serves as the board chairwoman.

About Board Chair Rep. Leslie Herod

Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod (D-Denver) was elected in 2016 as the first LGBTQ African American in the Colorado General Assembly. Since then, she has passed 52 bills, addressing criminal justice reform, mental health, addiction, youth homelessness, education, and civil rights protections. Herod championed the Caring for Denver Ballot measure and now serves as Chair of the Caring for Denver Board.

About Executive Director Lorez Meinhold

Lorez Meinhold serves as the Executive Director of Caring for Denver. She brings over nineteen years of implementation and policy experience as a director of multilateral initiatives involving the public, private and civic sectors, working at the local, state, and national levels. Lorez has worked in many capacities integrating health programs addressing mental health and substance misuse needs, connecting early childhood and health communities, delivery and payment system reforms, and efforts that required statewide stakeholder engagement.

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COVID-19 Response & Temporary Limited Services

How to Contact Us

For our clinic members trying to reach us about appointments, refill medications, resources, or other questions, please contact Laura Pritchard-Haile at lph@charg.org or call 720-316-4447.


Message from Executive Director

Dear friends,

As a community-centered nonprofit, we believe our community comes first. During the spread of COVID-19, we have the responsibility to protect the health and well-being of our consumers, employees, partners, staff, and community.

Beginning Monday, March 16th, CHARG Resource Center will be moving forward with the following limited operations and services plan for now.

  • The Drop-In Center is CLOSED at this time.
  • Our Heartland Clinic will continue limited services. We will not have the clinic itself open in order to minimize person-to-person contact, but our clinical staff will be using tele-health to connect with our consumers to keep people safe, healthy, and equipped with resources during this outbreak.
  • All group activities and classes are cancelled for now. Other options are being discussed to hold some groups virtually during this quarantine time; TBD which groups.
  • We will not hold our annual spring ‘Friends at CHARG’ breakfast that typically takes place in April. We will host a virtual event instead.
  • Staff and board members will use phone and video conferencing to continue to hold productive committee meetings and keep pushing our mission forward.

We’ll be continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation so that we can re-open when we’ve assessed that there’s a low risk to safety at CHARG. At this point the Mayor has issued a stay at home order in Denver effective until April 10th, 2020.  We will provide updates on this page as the situation changes.

Please know that these are not easy decisions as we provide a very social atmosphere at CHARG that people come to rely on. Being isolated and alone can be very difficult for many, especially in a time when there is so much fear and anxiety. I ask that you keep our consumers in your heart and top of your minds during this time of uncertainty.

Contact me at todd@charg.org or 720-316-4447 if you have questions, feedback, or concerns.

In health,

Todd Helvig, PhD
Executive Director


COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.

Get the latest public health information from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) or US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Resources for Immediate Response

Seeking help is a strength—not a weakness. Text 741741 to talk with a trained crisis counselor at Crisis Text Line—it’s free, confidential, and available all hours. Crisis Text Line provides free, text-based support 24/7.

Contact Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, Colorado’s free 24/7 resource for in-the-moment Crisis Care. Call the crisis line at 844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255.

If you need assistance finding food, paying for housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, visit 211.org or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help. Run by the United Way.


Other Tools and Information on Anxiety, Wellness & Mental Health

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: TIPS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, QUARANTINE, AND ISOLATION DURING AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAK | SAMHSA

Pandemic Panic? These 5 Tips Can Help You Regain Your Calm | NPR

7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety | The Conversation

Mental Health Screening Tools | What is Anxiety? | Anxiety Information and Support | Staying Grounded | Mental Health America

Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety | Shine App

Meditations and Calming Exercises | Calm.Com

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Purchase Artwork Online & Support Mental Wellness

About

  • Weren’t able to attend CHARG’s 30th Anniversary Event & Art show last November?
  • Looking for a meaningful gift for someone special?

Now you can purchase CHARG consumer and supporter artwork online! Proceeds benefit critical CHARG programs including individual counseling, peer support, outpatient psychiatric services, medication management, skills training and employment opportunities, recreational activities, support monitoring overall health, and a homeless outreach program.

Click here to view artwork online and to purchase.

PLEASE NOTE:
The price of the artwork does NOT include the cost of shipping. You will need to make arrangements to pick up purchased artwork.

Location
CHARG Resource Center, Heartland Clinic
709 E. 12th Ave
Denver, CO80203

If you do not live in Denver area, please contact Danelle if you would like to pay for the cost of shipping. We do not recommend this option as we cannot guarantee that it will not get damaged in the process, though we will make all efforts to do so.

Questions?
Contact Danelle Herra at dherra@charg.org or 303.830.8805, x104.

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30 Years of Serving & Empowering the Community: CHARG Celebrates Major Milestone at Art Show

Thank you to all of our friends and community members who were able to attend CHARG’s 30th Anniversary Art Show and Fundraiser event on November 7 at the Space Gallery! It was our pleasure to celebrate this major milestone with you!

In addition to the celebration of our wonderful CHARG community, this event raised nearly $28,000, we sold all but one of our silent auction packages, and ten of our featured artists sold their artwork at the event.

One of the most meaningful parts of the evening was when three CHARG consumers and board members – Barbara Quarton, Larry Brown, and Jim Jochum – shared their stories and personal experiences of how they’ve been involved with CHARG Resource Center over the years. They shared how the positive impact community support and effective treatment programs have made in their lives.

During the program, guests were also excited to hear Hakeem Furious–a wordsmith and Denver slam poet who uses his artistic talents to talk about mental health problems that plague the community and create safe spaces to talk about those problems.

The incredibly generous spirit of our community at this event will help CHARG continue to fund our programs that serve and empower individuals managing mental illness. We couldn’t do it without you!

It was a full house at the Space Gallery.

Andre, aka Hakeem Furious, with Rodney, a CHARG member and artist.

Barbara, Larry, and Jim share their stories of how CHARG has impacted their lives.

Check out more photos from the evening on our Facebook page.

Online Art Show

Did you miss the art show? Or looking for a holiday gift for that special someone? A number of our supporters who were unable to attend the art show in November have asked if they could purchase artwork online….and now we have a few original pieces for sale!

See selections here.

 


Thank you again to our Event Sponsors and Friends of CHARG!

 EMPOWERMENT SPONSORS


TABLE, BAR, AND PROGRAM SPONSORS
5280 Associates
Anonymous
Colorado Mental Wellness Network
David & Hannah Caplan
Delta Dental of Colorado
Poetry for Personal Power
Project Helping

FRIENDS OF CHARG
Center for African American Health
Christine Allison Professional Counseling Services, PLLC
Colorado Recovery
Community Physician Consulting
Karen Nichols
Jeannie Ritter
Ellen Ryan, MD

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Share your art and support mental wellbeing!

Art of Wellbeing | CHARG Resource Center 30th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 | 5-8 pm
Space Gallery | 400 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVENT HERE.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Wellbeing is the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. Wellbeing is an art form, or a journey – it is more than just health care and bubble baths – and it’s something to continually work toward. Wellbeing encompasses being part of a supportive community and that is what CHARG is all about! 

We invite all artists AND non-professional artists who use creative expression to enhance their mental wellness to submit their artwork for our anniversary event. When you submit your application, share a bit about how your artistic and creative process has or can aid in mental wellbeing (optional).

Make an impact as well!
Event proceeds will provide funding for high-impact, life-saving mental health services that empower individuals living with mental illness to take control of their wellbeing. Our programs include individual counseling, outpatient psychiatric services, peer support, skills training and an employment program, recreational activities, medication management,  support monitoring overall health, and a homeless outreach program.

HOW TO APPLY:  Complete this application form, scan and email to events@charg.org. Or, complete the form and mail to:

CHARG Resource Center
Attn: Margie Carlin
709 E. 12th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203

ART SHOW GENERAL GUIDELINES & INFORMATION

  1. Application Deadline: Oct. 7, 2019 (extended!)
  2. Media: photography, painting, mixed media, collage, digital, clay, sculpture, poetry
  3. Maximum Dimensions: 24” x 24”
    • If you submit framed artwork, the frame must fit within these dimensions.
    • For sculptures, there may be a weight limitation as well. Please contact us at events@charg.org if you’re submitting asculpture to let us know the weight.
    • We may make accommodations if your artwork doesn’t quite fit these dimensions and there is room at the gallery, however, it is more likely to be accepted if the artwork does fit within 24” x 24”. Please let us know the size of your piece if you’re close.
  4. Price of Artwork/Proceeds: This is a fundraising event for CHARG Resource Center; event proceeds will provide funding for high-impact, life-saving mental health services. Our programs and services include individual counseling, peer support, skills training and an employment program, recreational activities, outpatient psychiatric services, medication management, and support monitoring overall health.
    We ask all artists to set the price for which they would like to sell their artwork – 50% of the price will be donated to CHARG, and artists will receive the other 50% unless they would like to also donate their half.
  5. Exclusions: There is no guarantee that your submitted artwork will be exhibited. If there are more submissions than space, the events committee will select pieces according to space, size, content, and applicability to wellbeing.
  6. Images: Take 1-2 pictures of your artwork and send to events@charg.org. Include your name in the email.
  7. Promotion: Artist agrees that CHARG Resource Center may use images of the artwork for marketing and promotional purposes.

PLEASE NOTE: If your artwork is selected to be displayed during the Art of Wellbeing, you will be notified by the middle of October. Details of where to drop-off your artwork will be given to you at that time.

Questions?

Contact Margie Carlin at events@charg.org or 303.830.8805.

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