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Art of Connection – Register Today!

Art of Connection presented by CHARG Resource Center
An online art exhibition during April 2021

Humans are wired to connect, and this connection affects our health. From psychological theories to recent research, there is significant evidence that social support and feeling connected can help people have lower levels of anxiety and depression, and improve overall mental health. Research unfortunately shows that loneliness is on the rise, even before the pandemic started.

In light of the social isolation that many of us have experienced this past year due to COVID-19, our theme this year is the Art of Connection. Being part of a supportive community, and providing opportunities for connections, is what CHARG is all about!

We invited all artists, as well as non-professional artists who use creative expression to enhance their mental wellness, to submit artwork for our event. Artists had the option to share a bit about how their artistic and creative process has connected them to others, or how it has aided in their journey toward mental and emotional well-being.

Bidding closes at the end of the month.

Live Virtual Event
Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 5:00-6:00 pm | Free to attend; all are invited

This will be hosted on Zoom. By registering for this event, you will be emailed the Zoom details of how to join this virtual event.

This is a free virtual event, all community members are invited to attend on Thursday, April 29. The COVID-19 pandemic transitioned our art show event to an online gathering but that means anyone can join us from the comfort of their homes. The online art exhibition will be open for a couple of weeks in April where people can bid online for the artwork.

At the end of the month, the bidding will close while we host a virtual program, which will include:

An overview and update of CHARG community from Todd Helvig, PhD, Executive Director
Displays of artwork, and artists sharing how the creative process can increase mental wellness and/or how it is impacted their own overall health and well-being
Impact stories and/or quotes from individuals managing chronic mental illness, talking about the transformational nature of connection, support, empowerment, recreational/creative activities within a group, and employment
And more!

Learn more at www.charg.org/artofconnection.

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Our Deepest Sympathy

 

In the wake of the recent tragic event in Boulder, Colorado, CHARG Resource Center extends our deepest sympathy and support to the communities in and around Boulder. Our hearts are with all Coloradans who grieve the losses, and like so many, we understand and feel that pain. Our resources are here for all who could use a community of support as we look towards the resilience and recovery necessary in the weeks, months, and years ahead.

Please know that we are here for you, and that our collective strength cannot be broken.

 

You can also contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1.844.493.TALK or text “TALK” to 38255.

 

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Share your art and support mental wellness!

Art of Connection presented by CHARG Resource Center
An online art exhibition during the month of April


Humans are wired to connect, and this connection affects our health. From psychological theories to recent research, there is significant evidence that social support and feeling connected can help people have lower levels of anxiety and depression, and improve overall mental health. Research unfortunately shows that loneliness is on the rise, even before the pandemic started.

In light of the social isolation that many of us have experienced this past year due to COVID-19, our theme this year is the Art of Connection. Being part of a supportive community, and providing opportunities for connections, is what CHARG is all about!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS & ONLINE ART EXHIBITION

We invite all artists AND non-professional artists who use creative expression to enhance their mental wellness to submit artwork for our event. When you submit your application, share a bit about how your artistic and creative process has connected you to others, or how it has aided in your journey toward mental and emotional well-being (optional).

Make a Transformational Impact
This is a fundraiser for our nonprofit organization. By participating in our art exhibition, your support provides funding for high-impact behavioral health services that empower individuals managing both financial instability and chronic mental illness. 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 an outreach program for individuals experiencing homelessness.

How to Apply
Complete this online application form by March 23, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline was March 23; we are still accepting applications but any submitted artwork after this deadline will not be guaranteed to be on our art show/auction site when it opens April 6.


ART SHOW GENERAL GUIDELINES & INFORMATION

  1. Application Deadline: March 23, 2021
  2. Media: photography, painting, mixed media, collage, digital, poetry
  3. Maximum Dimensions: 36” x 36”
    • If you have a piece that you’d like to submit that doesn’t quite fit these dimensions, contact us at events@charg.org to request a possible accommodation.
  4. Price of Artwork/Proceeds: This is a fundraising event for CHARG Resource Center; event proceeds fund high-impact, behavioral health services for individuals managing chronic mental illness. We ask all artists to set the price for which they would like to sell their artwork. If the artwork sells, a minimum of 50% of the price will be donated to CHARG, and artist will receive the rest. (Artist can choose to donate between 50-100% of the proceeds).
  5. Exclusions: All submitted artwork will be considered, though there is no guarantee that your artwork will be exhibited. An Events Committee reviews and approves submissions.
  6. Images: Take a picture of your artwork and send to events@charg.org. Include your name and the title of the piece in the email.
  7. Promotion: Artist agrees that CHARG Resource Center may use images of the artwork for marketing and promotional purposes. (If an image of your artwork is used, we will credit you along with the photo).
  8. Number of Submissions: An artist may submit up to three artworks. Please submit the form for each piece.

Please Note
Artists will be notified between March 22-31, if their artwork is selected to be displayed. We will offer dates/time to drop-off art at our Heartland Clinic in the Capitol Hill area of Denver (and will work with you if none of the proposed times work). We will take a high-resolution photo for our online bidding system. If your artwork does not sell, we will notify you at the end of April/first part of May and you will be able to pick it back up at that time. ** If artist is able to supply a high-resolution, quality photo of artwork, the piece may not need to be dropped off to CHARG for a picture.**

Learn more here and register today!

Questions?

Contact Danelle Herra at dherra@charg.org or 303.830.8805, ext. 104.

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Friends @ CHARG Virtual Luncheon Raises Nearly $9,000 & Inducts New Honorary Council Member

CHARG Resource Center hosted its first virtual event on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic transitioned our annual Friends @ CHARG breakfast event to an online gathering over lunch time instead and we are so thankful to all of you who joined us!

If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch the program here.

Executive Director, Todd Helvig, PhD gave an overview and update of the CHARG community, and how we have adapted during this difficult year and what challenges we are still facing. We were honored to induct a new Honorary Council member, Susan Delaney Rodger, and hear from her a beautiful story about working with Victor Smith while on our board of directors and why CHARG is so special.

Susan with Victor Smith

Honorary Council Inductee
Susan Delaney Rodger received a BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After a career in computer sales, she raised a family, and has two daughters. A dearth of resources for a family member with severe mental illness led Susan to advocacy in mental health. She began volunteering for and serving on boards of organizations which assist those people experiencing behavioral health challenges. Susan has served on the boards of Girl Scouts of NE Ohio and Coleman Professional Services, the social enterprise division of the Coleman Foundation, a behavioral health foundation devoted to helping people experiencing homelessness. She is currently on the Board of Directors at The Gathering Place, a daytime drop-in center for women, transgender individuals, and their children experiencing homelessness. Susan finds the performing arts and her flower garden life-enhancing, and looks forward to traveling again once the pandemic is over. Susan was on the Board of Directors at CHARG Resource Center from 2014-2019, and was instrumental in planning our 30th Anniversary Art Show Celebration last year.

Discussion of Behavioral Health Challenges and Opportunities related to COVID-19 Pandemic 

We were also honored to have Laura Michaels, LPC, JD join us as a speaker for a portion of our program. From the beginning of her career, Laura Michaels has had a passion for mental health and wellness, first in the non-profit sector and now in the private practice of counseling. Laura has recently published a book, with co-author, Claire Zilber. Living in Limbo: Creating Structure and Peace When Someone You Love is Ill is now available on Amazon. Laura has been an active volunteer with CHARG for many years and is a member of the Honorary Council. She has a deep commitment to mental health treatment and the unwavering belief in its power to change lives.

We heard an interesting discussion with Laura and Todd, moderated by Megan Devenport, about how COVID-19 has impacted practice as a behavioral healthcare provider, what’s been the impact on client experience and/or effectiveness of services in general, what has been particularly challenging for individuals affected by chronic mental health conditions during this time of COVID-19 pandemic; and how CHARG’s community has been impacted specifically.

Raine’s Story

Participants also heard Raine’s powerful story in the video below. Raine started receiving treatment at CHARG’s Heartland Clinic in the last year and explains how CHARG has impacted her life before and during the global pandemic. Please take a few minutes to hear her incredible story of resiliency, individualized treatment, and hope.

 

Your Support Saves Lives
We asked for your support and we couldn’t be more grateful of your response — you helped us raise nearly $9,000 during this event!

Your contributions support high-impact, lifesaving mental health services and programs for people like Raine, and others managing chronic mental illness in the Denver area. If you didn’t get a chance to donate yet and would still like to, you can do so here.

Thank you to all of our board members, event committee and volunteers, supporters, and sponsors who made this event possible!


Thank You Again to our Presenting Sponsor!

Thank You to our Empowerment Sponsors and Friends of CHARG!

David & Hannah Caplan

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Thank you for your support!


Thank you for helping us provide stability to those we employ and serve during this crisis!

#GivingTuesdayNow was a global day of giving and unity that took place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

CHARG kicked off a campaign in early May, beginning with #GivingTuesdayNow, to raise funds for our consumer employment program that we continued throughout this summer. We had a generous donor offer to match all gifts received during this difficult time up to $20,000. Because of incredible supporters like you, and with our matching contribution, we have raised $32,348 from May-July! This amount covers our consumer employee salaries for about 6.5 months!

During the COVID-19 outbreak and this safer-at-home transition, CHARG committed to maintaining our employment of ALL our consumer staff positions and hours. We paid all of our employees, both professional and consumer – without furloughs or layoffs throughout the pandemic and continue to do so. CHARG’s consumers fill diverse roles as paid members of staff in positions that include advocacy, case management, clerical, janitorial, peer support, and receptionists. In addition, they are active participants in the organization’s governance.

Without monthly pay, some of our employees may not be able to afford food, housing, or essential needs. Complicate this situation with chronic mental illness as well as social and emotional challenges, and managing hurdles day-to-day can become overwhelming. We are so grateful to have a supportive community that helped us maintain all of our positions and salaries.

Your Support Changes Lives
“What I like most about working at CHARG is a sense of purpose, belonging, and family, while making a contribution to a grand organization and the ability to share my talents. It has helped in giving me more of a feeling of worth despite my illness and some limitation. It has certainly relieved some feelings of isolation and some of the pressure associated with high cost of living in Denver.” – Jim

“What I like most about working at CHARG is that it includes community, friends, rest, clinical support, something to do, exercise, getting out of the house, and money. It’s impacted my life by providing positive continuity and added stability, friendships, and clinical mental health support over time.”  – Zim

“The people of CHARG are my family. I love working for CHARG plus giving my time any way I can. CHARG is my home.”  – Joe

“Working at CHARG has empowered me, and helped me get along with the public and things I do outside of CHARG. I like keeping busy, talking to peers and other people at the Drop-In. Working at CHARG is great because the people are like me in my mental illness, and I can get along with them well.”  – Leonard

“CHARG is pretty much my life. I love having a schedule and being financially independent by working at CHARG.”  – Jennifer

“My favorite part of my role is sharing my knowledge and ideas on educating, inclusion, diversity, and equity among peer and clinical staff who show a genuine interest in the impact these ideas can have in creating a welcoming, safe, and healthy space for healing and well-being among those with mental health challenges.”  – Rebecca

“CHARG is the longest I’ve ever held a job. They (our supervisors and leaders) understand that we’re humans. Working at CHARG has made me more dependable and reliable person.” – Tom

“I was diagnosed about 21 years ago. At the same time I took Nate Rockitter’s Peer Specialist Training. I was still working on getting stable on medication at the time. My family was falling apart and I was working on how to keep my family together through therapy. I learned about CHARG through Nate and my colleague. I was working at Community Connections, which was a drop in center at the time much like CHARG. In my training with Nate, I trained along side Barbara Q. She taught me a lot about CHARG. I remember visiting her at the Drop-In Center and I loved the energy. Six years ago I came to CHARG. CHARG is a rare gem is supporting the empowerment of the people they serve. People have a say in their recovery through CHARG; people are allowed to have a voice and are recognized for being the experts in their own recovery. I love the people! They teach me about themselves. I value the the strengths I see in others and they give me hope for my own recovery. CHARG gives me the ability to be with individuals in a very supportive and safe environment, where there is acceptance and care for one another.”  – Carolyn

“I feel good about myself when I work at CHARG and I’m thankful to CHARG for giving me the opportunity.”  – Dexter (retired recently)

“I’ve been working at CHARG since 1989, the longest time I’ve been at a job. I feel worthwhile and it makes me happy to feel productive.”  – Bonnie (retired recently)


Looking for other ways you can help CHARG besides financially supporting us? Learn more here.

Didn’t get a chance to donate earlier and would like to? Make a gift today.

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