Our Stories

Your stories connect us

They reveal our similarities, honor our uniquenesses, and challenge our flaws. Your stories are revealed in art, music, and spoken word, and help us find commonality in a way that has the power to normalize our shared struggles and move our community forward. Together we have the #PowerTo turn your stories into action and impact.

We believe in the power of sharing authentic stories, creative work, writing, and artistic pieces from members of the Denver community as a way to breakdown stigma and transform how we approach mental health and substance misuse in Denver. Include a few details below to share your story with us and a Foundation staff member will reach out to you directly.

4 + 8 =

Theo Wilson — Alonzo

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.

“When you are confronted personally with a mental health challenge in your family or yourself, you realize people cannot do this alone. We need to talk about people’s needs and ensure people can get the care they need. Mental health and substance misuse are everybody’s issues and impacts all of us. There is no health without mental health.”

– Don Mares
Department of Human Services

#PowerTo make it — ALAN’S STORY

The power of poetry.

Alan uses the power of music and poetry to reflect on his life story.

“This work will be transformational for tens of thousands of Denverites, their families, friends and youth who struggle every single day with untreated and undertreated mental health and substance misuse challenges. We have the #PowerTo help, and now we can take bold action.” 

– Leslie Herod, State Representative, Board Chair

I have learned that we can and we should help our community.

Caring for Denver Foundation will make a difference for so many people and their families right here in Denver.
– Gabrielle R.

Art Credit: Santiago Jaramillo

#PowerTo Fight The Stigma | Melanie Stritch
I am living proof that there is a solution to addiction and mental health issues and this measure will mean more solutions for more people in our community.

Artifacts of a Storm

I could have been one of those statistics. By the end of November, I ingested approximately 2,880 doses of Vicodin before attempting to take my own life through an intentional overdose…It is through the healing power of art-making and collective efforts of my community that I am still here today.

Art Credit: Detour

A State of Flow | Darin V., Change Agent

Choosing a life of sobriety has enabled me to be the son, brother, and man…I was always meant to be.

#PowerTo Thrive | Dr. Clark’s Story

Positive Psychology.

Dr. Clark works to inspire a culture of well-being in the greater Denver community.

New $5M Community-Centered Solutions now closed. Check back soon for updates!