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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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We’re Hiring!

We’re looking for a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to join our team!

CHARG Resource Center is a small nonprofit in the heart of Capitol Hill. We specialize in a community-based model of service, and we pride ourselves on maintaining a strong partnership model between consumer, clinician, and the community. CHARG operates two locations, one of which is a community mental health clinic, the other is a Drop-In program located a few blocks from the clinic.

CHARG Resource Center is looking for an energetic and engaged LCSW to join our clinical team! This position is currently an hourly position with the likelihood of moving to part-time, and possibly, full-time employment. This licensed clinical social worker needs to have strong clinical and care management skills. Case load is very manageable, and the right person will help us grow our client population. Experience with various intervention strategies (CBT, solution focused, trauma-informed care, etc) as well as community navigation and ability to work in partnership with community-based resources is strongly preferred.

This position will report to the Executive Director, however will be required to have frequent collaboration with all members of the CHARG team. Good boundaries as well as effective communication skills are essential.

Compensation is competitive, and will be based on experience, skill set, and enthusiasm to help CHARG grow and stand out as a provider of choice. Additionally, due to the COVID19 pandemic, knowledge and use of televideo interfaces for interview purposes as well as for clinical contact and intervention strategies is essential.

Requirements:
Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) licensed in the State of Colorado
Interest in working within a Community partnership model.
Experience establishing and growing Group therapy models of intervention
Experience with care (and/or case) management
Experience and knowledge in working with clients managing chronic mental illness including (but not exclusive to): Schizophrenia, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, and Trauma Knowledge of homelessness in Denver, and a sensitivity to those who have dealt with homelessness
Hourly work to start – building to part-time and potentially full-time employment
Great interpersonal skills: friendly, warm, and supportive
Establish and maintain good clinical boundaries
Can work independently / remotely as needed
Solid computer skills necessary

Preferred Abilities:
Bilingual
Experience with individuals managing various personality and interpersonal challenges
Experience in specific models of intervention (examples – CBT; Motivational Interviewing; Solution-focused)
Experience working with individuals who have comorbid substance use disorders.

Compensation/Benefits:
Hourly pay range will be $30/hour to begin for approx. 15-18 hours per week. Position has plenty of room to grow, and could quickly become part-time and/or full-time with respective dental and health care benefits.

CHARG Resource Center is an equal opportunity employer, and we strongly encourage applicants with diverse cultural, ethnic, and/or sexual orientation backgrounds to include diverse cultural, ethnic, sexual, and/or gender identities.

Please email your letter of interest and resume, attention Dr. Todd Helvig, to todd@charg.org.

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Statement on Racial Justice and Black Lives Matter

Statement on Racial Justice and Black Lives Matter

CHARG Resource Center has had, and will continue having, a strong commitment to racial justice and equality. This extends throughout every aspect of our organization including programs, services, and our community of support. We understand that people of color have not historically had equal access to behavioral healthcare in ways that support them and their wellness. Some of CHARG’s founding members (30 years ago) were people of color, and some of those same individuals continue to serve on our CHARG Board of Directors with oversight of our mission, vision, and values as a community based health clinic. 

We at CHARG also recognize that individuals with behavioral health needs are disproportionately adjudicated into the criminal justice system as are people of color. Which means that people of color with behavioral health needs have systemically been targeted and placed in a system which is not (and should never be) tasked with addressing their healthcare needs, treatment, and recovery. 

CHARG Resource Center consumers, staff, volunteers, and community partners are dedicated to providing a safe, supportive, respectful and inclusive environment for people of color. Through ongoing training, focused inclusion, and specific outreach, CHARG will continue to lead by example as an agency that embraces our individual differences while furthering our mission to provide a healthy, supportive community of hope.

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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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