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We invest in the power of community

Founded and funded by and for Denver, we turn our community’s desire to help into action to address Denver’s mental health and substance misuse needs.

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These are the 2024 finalists for 9NEWS Leader of the Year

These are the 2024 finalists for 9NEWS Leader of the Year

The 9NEWS Leader of the Year will be honored at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation‘s Leading Colorado Luncheon. Credit: Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Author: KUSA Staff Published: 2:16 PM MST January 24, 2024...

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What we’ve accomplished together so far

Without you there is no us. Since 2019, we’ve funded organizations that serve every City Council District and neighborhood in Denver to transform mental health and substance misuse care.

$142+

million granted to address mental health & substance misuse

71%

reduced substance misuse
(across grantees reporting)

76%

improved mental health
(across grantees reporting)

Where
we work

We listen to Denver’s communities, those with lived experience, and those doing the work to understand how mental health and substance misuse show up in our lives. Together, this knowledge, experience, and collaboration reveal what reports and metrics alone can’t, and guide our funding priorities.

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Denver’s Stories of Progress

The Don’t Look Back Center

The Don’t Look Back Center

The Don’t Look Back Center (TDLBC) was created to empower socially and economically disadvantaged women and transwomen to break the cycle of addictive patterns and initiate change while developing life skills for restoration in all aspects of a woman’s life.

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CHOW (Culinary Hospitality Outreach Wellness)

CHOW (Culinary Hospitality Outreach Wellness)

“The hospitality industry is rough. (With CHOW) I had the ability to share my story and where I was at mentally at that time…which was broken. It’s more than just going to a therapist. You have to build this network of people who you can be vulnerable with and share what you’re going through.”– Brother Luck, CHOW participant.

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Colorado Village Collaborative

Colorado Village Collaborative

“Something very powerful when you recover is you want to help other people going through the same thing.”
– Cuica Montoya, Colorado Village Collaborative

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From grant opportunities to community listening sessions to sharing your stories of impact, let’s find a way to collaborate.

Juan Escobedo, Program Officer

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