Enriching Denver Autumn 2017

Welcome to the quarterly newsletter of the Mental Health Center of Denver. As part of our organization's sustainability efforts, this newsletter is now in electronic format. We hope you enjoy reading about how the Mental Health Center of Denver is enriching our community, and how you can be a part of the important work we are doing.

Donors Curate Sanderson Apartments Library

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Roberta Payne, Hannah Schechter, Elizabeth Holtze and Cindy Rasmussen relax after unloading boxes of books and arranging them on the shelves of the Sanderson library. 

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From left: Hannah Schechter, Roberta Payne, Elizabeth Holtze and Cindy Rasmussen.

Over the course of only a few months, Roberta Payne (former Mental Health Center of Denver Board member); Cindy Rasmussen; Hannah Schechter, Ph.D (current Board member and Governance Committee Chair); Pam Troyer, Ph.D; Elizabeth Holtze; and Robert Phillips curated a thoughtful and substantial collection of hundreds of books, audiobooks and other reading materials for the library at Sanderson Apartments

"We want this to feel like home," Roberta said, speaking to the comfortable feeling that a home library evokes. Residents will be able to take books and keep them, or return them. The library truly belongs to the residents of Sanderson Apartments, and that's exactly what these donors want to convey.

The library space itself is incredibly comfortable and relaxing, with a fireplace, comfy chairs and multiple window seats with their own lighting. The shelves are now filled with fiction and non-fiction books spanning a wide array of genres and subjects, including biographies, mystery novels, poetry and books on religion. 

The Sanderson Apartments library seeks to be a gathering place where residents can engage in intellectual and interactive activities that increase their social, mental and spiritual well-being.

This library–and its donors–are evidence of the thoughtfulness and care with which our donors approach their contributions for the people we serve, whether at Sanderson or any other Mental Health Center of Denver site. 

Permanent Supportive Housing

Located at S. Federal Blvd and W. Iowa Ave, the Sanderson Apartments provide housing and supportive services to 60 people who were formerly living on the street. Residents at Sanderson are able to focus on their well-being and recovery in a safe, supportive and trauma-informed environment. 

Residents have access to comprehensive supportive services through the Mental Health Center of Denver to ensure they have the best possible chance of recovery. Services include case management, peer support, group and individual therapy and access to services and programs at all of our other sites. Residents also have access to psychiatric therapy, vocational specialists and medical treatment, as well as physical fitness and community support.

Along with the library, Sanderson features other engagement spaces, including a wellness center, a communal kitchen and a recreation room where residents can socialize with one another. The outdoor space features front and back patios, an enclosed courtyard, community garden and outdoor seating. All of these features were intentionally planned to support residents in their journey of recovery and well-being. 

Click here to become a donor!

Dahlia Campus Receives International Acclaim

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The Mental Health Center of Denver's Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being was recognized last week in Melbourne, Australia by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) with the organization's International Core Values Award. Dr. Lydia Prado, VP of Strategic Community Partnerships, traveled to Melbourne to accept the award.

Dahlia Campus won Project of the Year for demonstrating excellence in public engagement before and during the launch of the campus in early 2016. Dahlia Campus was scored against the 'best of the best' competing with other winning projects by national IAP2 affiliates across the world.

According to Dr. Prado, "This award is particularly meaningful because it honors the community-informed process that happened in the neighborhood. It speaks to the heart and soul of what took place here."



Click here to schedule a tour of Dahlia Campus.

Spotlight On: The Resource Centers

Our Adult Resource Center and A New Day Family Resource Center provide services and help individuals and families with a wide variety of needs such as food, clothing, household items, furniture and more.

Donate to the Resource Centers!


Adult Resource Center

Drop off donations at 1075 Galapago St. Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm or call the donation line (303-892-5594) to set up a drop-off time.

Items needed:

  • Men's clothing
  • Coats and winter clothing
  • Men's and women's underwear
  • Housewares (i.e. dishes, silverware, pots and pans)
  • Hygiene products

A New Day Family Resource Center

Drop off items at 3101 W. 14th Ave. on:

  • Tuesday mornings 9 - noon
  • Wednesday 9 - 3:30
  • Thursday noon - 3:30

Items needed:

  • Children's toys for Christmas
  • Turkeys for Thanksgiving
  • Winter clothes for all ages
  • Hygiene products

Connect at the Gifts of Hope Fundraising Breakfast

You're Invited!

Our annual signature fundraising event-- the Gifts of Hope Fundraising Breakfast-- is just around the corner on November 8! The theme, Today, Tomorrow, Together focuses on community connections and the innovative approach we take in everything we do.

Featuring honorary chairs Jandel Allen-Davis, MD; Don Elliman; Anna Jo Haynes; Jeannie Ritter and Governor Bill Ritter, the Gifts of Hope Fundraising Breakfast will be a key networking opportunity and an opportunity to support the important work that we do. We know our guests will leave the event feeling fortified, inspired and connected to one another and our community.

We hope you will join us and your fellow community leaders at the 2017 Gifts of Hope Fundraising Breakfast and be part of the important conversation around mental health and well-being in Denver.

For more information or to register, click here or contact Rita Sadler


Make Someone's Holiday Brighter

Our Gifts of Joy holiday gift drive is the perfect opportunity to help a person we serve feel special and cared for this holiday season. Gifts of Joy delivers gifts to thousands of children and adults who access services at the Mental Health Center of Denver, making their holidays a little brighter.

This year, you and your friends, family and colleagues can be a part of this important program. There are two meaningful ways to give:

  1. Adopting a group residence house: If you or your company are interested in adopting one of our group homes, please contact Amanda DeGruccio.
  2. Donating to the Gifts of Joy Fund: To make a contribution to the Gifts of Joy Fund, which is used to purchase gifts for the people we serve, please click here.

Stay tuned for more information about Gifts of Joy 2017.



Support Well-Being on Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day is an opportunity to support the important work of the Mental Health Center of Denver.

When: 24 hours starting at 12 a.m. (i.e., 00:00 MST) on Tuesday, December 5, 2017
How: Donate online at ColoradoGives.org
Starting on November 1, you can schedule your Colorado Gives Day donations in advance.
Why: To strengthen the capacity of the Mental Health Center of Denver to serve all in our community who seek services and to help enrich lives and minds by focusing on strengths and well-being.

Questions? Contact Lauren Anderson.

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Other Ways to Get Involved



Donate online or contact Lauren Anderson, Development Officer.


Contact Amanda DeGruccio to find the best fit for you.


Contact Lauren Anderson to schedule a tour of one of our sites.

Thank You to Our Gifts of Hope Partners

Title Sponsor

Visionary Sponsors 


Board of Directors

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Ann Boyd
Ashby West
Debra Demuth
The Colorado Trust
Luis Duarte
Gary Community Investments
Charles Everill, MBA
Retired, Fortune 250 Executive & Entrepreneur
Velvia Garner
Emeritus Member
Nancy Gary, PsyD
Neuro Development Center & Private Practice
Mary Haynes
Daniels Fund
Peggy Kozal, JD
Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani

Marjorie Lewis, PhD, D.Min
Center for Community Excellence and Social Justice
Robert Parks
Officer, Denver Police Department
Hannah Schechter, PhD
Bruce Schroffel, MPH, MS
Partner, InveniasPartners
Rick Simms, CPA
WeeSchool and Personal Financial Specialist
Edie Sonn, MPP
Pinnacol Assurance
Les Wallace, PhD
Signature Resources Inc.
Barbara Yondorf, MPP
Yondorf & Associates


Newsletter by Lauren Anderson, Development Officer of Philanthropy.