CHARG Resource Center Clinic and Offices 709 E. 12th Avenue Denver, CO 80203 303-830-8805 | CHARG Drop-In Center 920 Emerson Street Denver, CO 80218 303-830-2130

Join us to celebrate 30 years of serving & empowering the community!

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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



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 Or, complete the form and mail to:

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


  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 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 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.


Contact Margie Carlin at or 303.830.8805.


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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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