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Denver Sheriff Department Hosts BBQ Lunch for CHARG Community

On Tuesday, July 23, Captain Shayne Grannum and his crew from the Denver Sheriff Department hosted and cooked a BBQ lunch at our Heartland Clinic!

What a wonderful partner we have! Not only has the Denver Sheriff Department hosted a BBQ lunch for our CHARG community members for the past few years, they bring law enforcement officers to CHARG as one of its sites for Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.

To learn more about CIT, visit here.

To learn more about our Speakers Bureau program, where our members share their lived experiences not only with law enforcement but with a variety of groups, visit here.

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2019 Annual Summer Camping Trip at Snow Mountain Ranch

In June, CHARG coordinated its annual summer camping trip and we returned to YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park, CO.  A group of staff and consumers spent two days and two nights enjoying the beautiful scenery, canoeing, playing basketball, chatting by the fire, and more.

A huge thank-you to Janyce Cook for sponsoring our trip!

Check out more photos on our Facebook page.

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8th Annual Friends @ CHARG Breakfast raises over $8,500 & new honorary council members inducted

Our new honorary council members, David Burgess & Diana Roca, pose with long-time employee and heart of CHARG, Margie Carlin.

During the 8th Annual Friends @ CHARG Breakfast on April 4 at St. John’s Cathedral, we inducted several new members to our Honorary Council:

  • David Burgess
    A graduate of Oberlin College, David moved to Denver from New York City in 1973 to pursue a Masters Degree in Social Work. In 1981, he began work for what became the Denver Center for Mental Health Services, Inc., one of four community mental health centers serving Denver residents at that time. It was there that he began his major life commitment to serve adults living with major mental illnesses, as a social worker, Director of Community Development, and Team Leader of the Lighthouse program, a residential program for people who would otherwise have needed nursing home care.In 1989, David co-founded CHARG Resource Center together with a small group of professionals and mental health consumers, and in 1990 he assumed the position of Executive Director of CHARG, a job he held until his retirement in July of 2018—almost 30 years!David has taught courses at a number of local colleges and universities, including the University of Denver, Regis University, and Colorado State University.Awards and recognition have included the Heroes in the Fight Award from the Colorado Alliance on Mental Illness, the Master Scholar Award from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, and the William Funk Award for Building Community from the Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations.
  • Diana Roca
    Diana Roca’s work in mental health began at St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatric Hospital in Washington, DC, where she worked while doing her year-long graduate practicum in Art Therapy.Throughout her professional life, Diana has combined her love of art, design and education. When love and good fortune brought her to Colorado, she worked as a Clinical Art Therapist for Jefferson County Mental Health Center’s Community Support Program and later for their Emergency Team. She coordinated the Neighborhood Arts Program for the Denver Art Museum and worked with the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs at their Civic Center Alive celebrations. During a 10-year sojourn in Spain, she developed an English arts program for children. Back in Denver, she worked as an Arts Infusion Specialist for Denver Public Schools and helped integrate art into core curriculum.At CHARG, she was the Administrative & Development Coordinator and infused the job with creativity. Among her accomplishments at CHARG, she is most proud of the Friends@ CHARG Honorary Council and is honored to join its ranks.
  • Victor Smith (posthumously)
    A pillar of CHARG Resource Center, Victor was a long-time member of the consumer board, the consumer staff, and the Speakers Bureau. He was one of CHARG’s staunchest supporters. A memorial was held on July 13, 2017 at the Drop-In Center, with an overflow crowd in attendance.The Victor Smith Welcome Center at CHARG was dedicated in his name, and is housed at the Heartland Clinic’s great room, and encompasses the receptionist’s desk at which Victor (and Crackél) kept watch.

We also recognized our valuable volunteers, including our boards of directors. Without you, we couldn’t do what we do!

Thank you to those who attended and made a contribution to CHARG. You helped us raise more than $8,500!

To view more photos from the event, check out our Facebook album.

HEART Board President, Annie Lee, and her husband, Eric Jaworski, with Executive Director, Todd Helvig, and CHARG Board Co-President, Aron Williams.

The smiling faces of Barbara Quarton and Cathy Williams, Honorary Council members and CHARG board members, greet guests as they arrive.














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Join us for the Annual Friends @ CHARG Breakfast on April 4

8th Annual Friends @ CHARG Celebration
Thursday, April 4, 2019
7:30 – 8:30 am (MDT)
Saint John’s Cathedral, Dagwell Hall
1350 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80203

We invite all friends, volunteers, consumers, and community members to join us for the 8th Annual Friends @ CHARG Celebration. Enjoy a light, complimentary breakfast while we celebrate the work of our volunteers and induct new members to our Honorary Council. We will be honoring:

  • David Burgess = Longtime chief and Executive Director of CHARG. Hired in 1990, he was the ED of CHARG for almost 30 years before he retired in 2018.
  • Diana Roca = Diana has been with the CHARG community since 2010 and retired as Development Coordinator at the end of 2018.
  • Victor Smith (posthumously) = A pillar of CHARG, Victor was a longtime member of the consumer board, the consumer staff, and the Speakers Bureau.

RSVP by April 1 at or email

The Friends @ CHARG Honorary Council is comprised of individuals who have made a significant contribution to the CHARG Resource Center mission. The  staff and boards of directors develop an annual list of candidates to be voted on and approved by both boards. Candidates might be past board members, regular donors, prominent friends, mental health professionals, in addition to other prospects with needed expertise. We are grateful for all of our honorary council members, volunteers, and supporters. Thank you for all you do for our CHARG family and your efforts to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

Can’t make it to the breakfast but want to support CHARG programs and services? You can make a gift online on the RSVP form even if you cannot attend in person.

Event Parking
There is a small lot at the cathedral annex, 1350 Washington St. A larger lot is north of the Cathedral, between 14th Ave. & Colfax, bordered by Washington & Clarkson (shared with Argonaut Liquor). There’s also street parking available.

Contact Danelle Herra at or call 303.830.8805, ext. 104.

Friends @ CHARG Honorary Council
Check out more pictures from previous induction ceremonies and see a full list of our Honorary Council here.

BARBARA QUARTON, SUSAN MANNING & JEANNIE RITTER at their induction ceremony, 2012

Laura Michaels & Megan Davenport, 2018



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CHARG Hosts Mental Health First Aid Training at Drop-In Center

For the first time, CHARG Resource Center hosted a Mental Health First Aid course on Monday, January 14, at The David Quarton Drop-In Center@CHARG. Over 20 participants attended the training, including CHARG staff and consumer employees as well as a few community members.

“It was a great training,” explained Zuzana Howard, Administrator Coordinator of CHARG Resource Center. “The instructor, Lawrence Martin, made the experience both informative and fun. As he told us in the beginning, we all were infected with love.”

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid instructor, Lawrence Martin, who is an independent contractor and Executive Director of Love Matters Therapy Centers, talks to participants at the Drop-In Center at CHARG.

Another attendee and member of the CHARG Board of Directors, Tom Edilla, also appreciated the enthusiasm of the instructor and his emphasis on loving one another. “He made it fun to learn and offered good advice,” Tom said.

Mental Health First Aid is an interactive eight-hour training which helps individuals from the community understand mental illness, support timely intervention and potentially save lives. This public education program presents an overview of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in the U.S. and provides an introduction to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems as well as common treatments.

Participants who take the full course are certified as Mental Health First Aiders, and learn a five-step action plan of: 1) how to assess a mental health crisis, 2) select interventions, 3) provide initial help, 4) connect with professional, peer and social supports, 5) as well as offer self-help resources.

“We’re excited to partner with the Mental Health Center of Denver to offer Mental Health First Aid as a complimentary training for our staff and community members,” says Todd Helvig, PhD, Executive Director of CHARG Resource Center. “This is a valuable program, and we plan to hold more trainings at CHARG this year.”


Interested in attending a future Mental Health First Aid course? Contact Carolyn Hall at 303.830.2130 (available on Thursdays & Fridays), or email to be added to our list. We’ll notify you when the date is set for the next training!

Want to learn more about Mental Health First Aid or Love Matters Therapy Centers? Visit the Mental Health Center of Denver or Love Matters Therapy Centers website.


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