About Caring for Denver
We’re on a mission
To address Denver’s mental health and substance misuse needs by growing community-informed solutions, dismantling stigma, and turning the community’s desire to help into action.
Founded and funded by Denver, Caring for Denver Foundation was created on November 6, 2018 when seventy percent of Denver turned an idea into a reality.
The ballot initiative was simple, yet powerful. For every $100 spent in Denver, 25 cents totaling over $30 million dollars (dependent on the economy) goes toward addressing mental health and substance misuse needs in our city. With this enduring investment, our vision is a vibrant Denver where all communities are strengthened by the mental health and substance misuse support they need.
After all, the statistics are deeply concerning.
of those we polled were concerned about the issues of mental health and substance misuse in Denver.
Coloradans say they have at least 8 days of poor mental health every month – enough to fill Mile High over 7 times
believe those with a mental health and/or substance misuse needs are not currently receiving the care they need.
Our values guide our actions
Be Courageous in action.
Meet people where they are.
Focus on impact for communities.
Advocate out loud.
thank you enough
To the community organizations, partners, and residents who provided support and feedback throughout this process, thank you. This work is as much a reflection of you as it is us. And although we know we can only tackle so much at one time, we will continue to listen and collect feedback to inform future funding areas and grant opportunities.
We are honored to serve you.
State Representative, Board Chair