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COVID-19 Support Fund

Caring for Denver Foundation was created to quickly respond to emerging mental health needs and substance misuse issues in our communities. We are designed to react to the rapidly changing needs of our communities and to support them as they address the growing impacts of this current pandemic.

As of August 17, 2020, 34 grants totaling $795,000 have been approved.

During the COVID-19 crisis, mental health and substance misuse organizations are critical Denver safety-net providers in communities serving at-risk populations; ensuring they have the operational resources necessary to meet the community’s ongoing needs is critical to our city’s health and safety. Caring for Denver Foundation made 18 grants totaling $320,000:

  • Asian Pacific Development Center (Denver)
  • The Center
  • CHARG Resource Center
  • The Center for Trauma & Resilience
  • Colorado Health Network
  • Elements of Discovery – Therapist of Color Collaborative
  • The Empowerment Program
  • Friends of the Haven
  • Harm Reduction Action Center
  • Khesed Wellness
  • Life-Line Colorado
  • Maria Droste Services of Colorado
  • Mile High Behavioral Healthcare
  • Rose Andom Center
  • Servicios de la Raza
  • Sobriety House
  • Tribe Recovery Homes
  • Youth Seen

During the COVID-19 crisis, those on the frontlines caring for the critically ill and homeless populations are essential Denver safety-net providers. The demand has overwhelmed these providers and these funds will sure they have resources necessary to support the self-care of their staff. Caring for Denver Foundation made nine grants each $25,000:

  • Catholic Charities
  • Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
  • The Delores Project
  • Denver Rescue Mission
  • The Gathering Place
  • The Salvation Army
  • St. Francis Center
  • Urban Peak
  • Volunteers of America

The disparate impacts of COVID-19 and the events of the past several weeks are in part the result of a larger experience of trauma faced by the Black community. Caring for Denver recognizes the role that individual and community trauma plays in mental health and substance misuse. We are providing some additional grants in our COVID-19 responsive grant funding area to address mental health, substance misuse and trauma needs in the Black community. Caring for Denver Foundation made six grants totaling $205,000:

  • Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization
  • Black Lives Matter 5280
  • The Center for African American Health
  • Colorado Black Health Collaborative
  • Crowley Foundation
  • From the Heart Enterprises

The disparate impacts of COVID-19 and recognizing the larger experience of trauma faced by the Indian/ tribal communities. Caring for Denver Foundation made one grant:

  • Denver Indian Family Resource Center

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