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Investing in Community-Centered Solutions: listen first, act second - Aug 2020 Newsletter

 

 




LIVE FORUM 

Community-Centered Solutions Call-for-Proposals

We recently hosted a Facebook Live Forum to provide an overview of our newest $5M funding opportunity. Thank you for all who were able to attend and for the very thoughtful questions. In case you missed it, you can find it on our Facebook page and our website

                       
Important Deadlines 

  • Register your organization in our Grants Portal by Thurs. Aug. 27th by 7PM (MT)
  • Submit your proposal by Fri. Sept. 4th by 7PM (MT)

View Recording

LOCAL LEADER PERSPECTIVES 

Tony Tapia — Promoting The Power of Community 

We recently connected with Tony Tapia, Principal of Bridging Worlds Philanthropic Advisors, for a brief Q&A on the importance of lifting up local solutions to local issues in our newest Community-Centered Solutions funding area. Tony is a longtime nonprofit foundation leader in the areas of global philanthropy, performing arts, immigration, Latino, and aging issues. 

Caring for Denver: Why are community solutions important in addressing mental health and substance misuse needs?
Tony: A basic belief among persons working with communities is that people who are the closest to the issues probably have the best solutions to solving their community’s challenges. Solutions which come from community often work well. It is important for foundations to trust that community members understand local issues and potential solutions.

Caring for Denver: What are some of your insights and experiences that speak to the value of community input in addressing these needs?
Tony: Often foundations become a catalyst in uncovering and accelerating solutions.  Sometimes community members may not recognize their assets or how to effectively utilize the assets they have. I worked with a local Denver community where members were not connecting on a social basis. Social isolation is often an unrecognized challenge. In working with this community we became a catalyst to bring people together and connect in ways they hadn’t in the past. In this community where social isolation was an issue members decided to support regular gatherings of women over coffee which was something that could be sustained and community-owned.

Caring for Denver: How do communities identify/recognize their assets?
Tony: This is one of the many reasons for partnerships. Sometimes it takes someone from the outside a community to start the conversation about their assets. People are often busy and don’t have time to recognize local assets and gaps. Someone from outside can help in discovering those assets.

Caring for Denver: What do you hope would be different in 2-3 years because of this work in mental health and substance
Tony: A better understanding of issues from community perspectives – understand where the foundation can be a catalyst in working with communities toward solutions. Important to have sustainability in addressing problems with identified solutions. Solutions need to be sustainable over time.

Overall, regarding community mental health, the COVID-19 crisis has brought mental health and substance misuse issues in communities to the forefront even if they weren’t experiencing or recognizing them before.  When solutions work at the community and family level, the impact will reverberate from these individuals and families into the larger community. Through those successful efforts, the overall community health is improved.

Thank you, Tony, for your thoughtful responses and all that you do for our community!

ALTERNATIVES TO JAIL

Turning Desire into Action & Supports for 13,000 Residents

On July 28, 2020, Caring for Denver approved $6.7M in grants to community-based non-profit organizations and departments within the City and County of Denver offices.

Grants will support programs that help appropriately move Denver from a criminal justice response to a public health, trauma, mental health and substance misuse crisis response.

More than 13,000 Denver residents will receive services and other support to break cycles of addiction, decompensation, and involvement in the criminal justice system.

Over 70 percent of the funded organizations utilize peers and mentors with real-life experience as part of their intervention – a key component to successful recovery.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES – Local COVID Info & Support
If you or someone you know are in crisis, please reach out for free, confidential, professional, 24/7 support via the Crisis Line at 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or by texting TALK to 38255. If you are looking for community resources, United Way’s 2-1-1 Help Center is available for calls, live chats, texts, or database search. Dial 2-1-1, or text your zip code to 898-211. Live chat or database search is available at http://211.org/.


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Listen First. Act Second - June 2020 Newsletter

 

LOCAL ARTIST PROFILE

Theo E.J. Wilson

Local Denver poet and activist Theo E.J. Wilson found solace from mental health struggles in his youth though writing that became spoken word, and eventually, a speaking career. Today, his activism focuses on black lives and healing the community through dialogue in barber shops, called “barbershop talks,” now in its eighth year. He shared his gifts with us through his poem about childhood friend, Alonzo Ashley.

 

 

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COVID + OUR COMMUNITY

Activating our charge 

Mental Health Awareness Month may be over, but our need to be bold in our response to community needs must continue – especially during the current pandemic. “COVID-19 has highlighted why such an organization, like Caring for Denver, is important,” said Executive Director, Lorez Meinhold, to Smart Cities Dive. “We have the resources to make sure our communities are equipped to meet the needs, not just during this crisis, but going forward,” said Meinhold. The virus brought with it new realities – job losses, business and school closures, isolation, and feelings of anxiety as people fear for themselves or loved ones falling ill. Each comes with layers of stress, fear, grief and exhaustion, and the emotional toll has real implications for youth, families, providers of care and communities. The crisis spotlights both existing and new barriers and disparities to accessing mental health and substance misuse services. It’s going to take all of us to listen to and meet communities where they are. 

Learn about our COVID efforts, including a new virtual counseling program spearheaded by Envision:You for members of the LGBTQ+ community who are experiencing greater behavioral health needs as a result of the current public health emergency.

 

 

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CURRENT FUNDING AREA

Alternatives to Jail

46 – that’s how many proposals we received directed at programs, projects, and/or activities that will provide greater supports and treatment to residents in a mental health and/or substance misuse crisis before, during and after criminal justice involvement. Get to know our first funding area and why we’ve dedicated $7M to support it. We anticipate being able to notify potential grantees of their grant application status in August.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES – Local COVID Info & Support
If you or someone you know are in crisis, please reach out for free, confidential, professional, 24/7 support via the Crisis Line at 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or by texting TALK to 38255. If you are looking for community resources, United Way’s 2-1-1 Help Center is available for calls, live chats, texts, or database search. Dial 2-1-1, or text your zip code to 898-211. Live chat or database search is available at http://211.org/.

 

 

 

 

 

New Youth funding opportunity! Applications are due December 17. Click here to view the Call for Proposals.

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