Enriching Denver Spring 2018

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.

Grateful Family Honors Case Manager and Loved One's Memory


Alex Giacomini, Dr. Kathy Giacomini and Ric Durity prepare to present the award. 


Presenting the Mary Frances McMahon Outstanding Clinician Award. From left to right: Naomi Evans, Alex Giacomini, Kathy Giacomini, Ric Durity

The Mental Health Center of Denver is honored by the generosity of a grateful family. Mary Frances McMahon was a person we served for nearly three decades. When she passed away at the end of last year, her family wanted to do something to honor both her memory and the dedication of her last case manager, Naomi Evans, LPC. Mary’s siblings were touched by the level of care that Naomi provided to their late sister.

Mary’s siblings; Patrick McMahon, Kevin Michael McMahon and Dr. Kathy Giacomini, decided to set up an endowed fund and annual award in Mary's name, for an outstanding clinician who demonstrates exceptional care for the people we serve.

Naomi Evans was the first recipient of the Mary Frances McMahon Outstanding Clinician Award at the Mental Health Center of Denver’s All-Staff Meeting on May 23. Dr. Kathy Giacomini and her daughter, Alex Giacomini, presented Naomi with the award along with VP of Development for the Mental Health Center of Denver, Ric Durity. The room fell silent when Kathy talked about how the care that Mary received at the Mental Health Center of Denver made all the difference in her life. This fund and award is a testament to the gratitude this family has expressed.

About her special relationship with Mary, Naomi said:

“Mary was one of the sweetest people I had the pleasure of working with. The way she lived her life reminded me to strive to be a great person and always be present. This award means so much to me, and I am honored and overwhelmed by the love and appreciation I have received from Mary’s family. It was an honor to be a part of her life and she has forever left a mark on my heart.”

The Mary Frances McMahon Outstanding Clinician Award ensures that Mary's memory is honored for years to come.

Click here to become a donor.

Dahlia Farms & Gardens Open for Summer


To volunteer for the Fish Fry, contact Events & Volunteer Coordinator Amanda DeGruccio.

Join us for a free Fish Fry at Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being to kick off our Dahlia Campus Farmers Market season!

There will be fried fish, activities for kids, music and more.

Date: Wednesday, June 20

Time: 5 pm - sunset

Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being
3401 Eudora St.
Denver, CO 80207


Be a Mental Health Center of Denver Champion: Volunteer!

Volunteers from RxRevu helped on the farm at Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being.

Volunteering at the Mental Health Center of Denver is a great way to make an impact and gain hands-on involvement in an area you care about. Donating your time and talent to the work we do will help change lives in our community.

Our new volunteer program matches volunteers with opportunities where they can use their experience, skills and passions.

Christine Altman has been a volunteer with the Mental Health Center of Denver for four years. Having worked in medical records coding for her 30-year career, it felt natural for Christine to volunteer in the medical records office of the Mental Health Center of Denver.

About volunteering with us, Christine said, "Everyone is so kind to me at the Mental Health Center of Denver, and I appreciate the mission."

When asked what advice she would give to someone considering volunteering, Christine said, "Just go ahead and do it. You’ll be surprised how much you feel empowered when you help the organization, and to be appreciated by everyone."

Explore current opportunities and apply to be a volunteer.

Make a Difference: Host a Table at the Gifts of Hope Fundraising Breakfast


Contact Lauren Anderson for more information, and to learn how to be a Table Host.

Were you inspired by last year's Gifts of Hope Fundraising Breakfast? Do you want to play a significant role in making it a success this year? Be a Table Host!

This year's Gifts of Hope Fundraising Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, October 17.

Table Hosts make this event possible every year by welcoming their friends, family and colleagues to share an exciting and inspiring breakfast with hundreds of community leaders. It is an easy and impactful way to help raise funds for the vital work we do in the community. This is a free event and does not require selling seats-- only filling them!

"It's Like an Oasis:" The Art Studio at 2Succeed


Left to right: Artist Steve Collier; Vocational Counselor / Studio Art Specialist, Kristin Elise; and Artist Ralph Cofield

See and purchase art made by 2Succeed artists at PrideFest 2018

When: Saturday, June 16 - Sunday, June 17

Where: 2Succeed Art booth in Civic Center Park, near the Denver Post building and Coors Field on Colfax Ave.

Mental Health Center of Denver donors practiced “The Art of Giving” on Colorado Gives Day 2017, with the spotlight on the Art Studio at 2Succeed in Education and Employment.

Artists gathered in the studio to make art together (painting, drawing, knitting and jewelry) and talk about how 2Succeed – and the art studio – have changed their lives. Steve Collier, a person we serve, said of the Art Studio at 2Succeed:

“It’s like an oasis. I’ve been dealing with my psychiatric problem for years, and didn’t have anything like this before. It helps with my PTSD and physical injury. I love creating things.”

Board member Hannah Schechter, PhD, participated in the event, showcasing her sculpture and knit work. Hannah said of art, “There was a time when I was really sick, and it helped. I need to make things.”


Left to right: Artist Gina Menzor; Vocational Counselor / Studio Art Specialist, Kristin Elise; and Artist Steve Collier

A Small Increase Can Make a Big Difference

Thank you for being a donor!

Did you know that increasing your annual gift by even a small percentage makes a big impact? Because of donors like you, we are able to provide life-changing programs and services to all in our community who seek them.

Our innovative, trauma-informed and positive approach to mental health and overall well-being means success and recovery for the people that we serve.

An investment in the Mental Health Center of Denver is truly an investment in the health of our community. Thank you for playing a vital role in changing lives in Denver.

Click here to increase your impact before the end of our fiscal year.

Increasing your gift by:

$10 can: Purchase a gift card for a family in need during the winter holidays

$50 can: Provide a clinical care session for a person we serve

$500 can: Provide art materials for Emerson St. Center for Teens & Young Adults and the Art Studio at 2Succeed in Education & Employment

$1,000 can: Provide a household starter kit for a new resident at Sanderson Apartments

Click the image to see the impact of your investment in 2017.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Image of a caucasian woman (left) and a black woman (right) using American Sign Language to communicate. The caucasian woman is wearing a light blue sleeveless shirt and the black woman is wearing a yellow long sleeve shirt.


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.


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.