Look for the helpers: CO4Kids 2020 flashback
January 5, 2021
2020 was full of unknowns, but one thing that we can all agree on is that we need one another. When times get tough, look for the helpers — or be the helper, if you can. Because well, If not you, then who? Check out these highlights of community organizations and individuals who stepped up to help strengthen Colorado families.
- Colorado mobile service connects families with resources
- Aspire 3D: Helping families build the foundation for a brighter future
- Aurora Community Connections Family Resource Center: A second home to underserved families
- Safe sleep is a community responsibility
- Health Links: Supporting businesses in strengthening families
- It takes a village to strengthen families: Meet Chelsea Lawson
- Family Promise: Keeping Promises to Colorado families
The Mobile Intercultural Resource Alliance, known as MIRA, is a 40-foot RV that serves as a safe, accessible place for families to connect with comprehensive health resources and services in the communities where they live. MIRA coordinates with local community organizations and health providers as it travels to various locations across the county to provide a wide variety of resources to underserved populations.
These resources include basic health education, screenings, immunizations, financial assistance, early childhood programs, and physical activity programs. The vision is that any service that can be provided in a brick-and-mortar building can be offered by MIRA.
Strong, healthy families are important and the key to children’s success. Aspire 3D’s Family Navigators work with parents to identify programs and resources that strengthen their families. Providing these services onsite, or giving a warm hand-off from one agency to another increases the ability for parents to participate and ultimately, their success.
ACC was founded in 2008 to help address a gap in services for low-income, Spanish-speaking families in the community. Although a majority of participants at the center are Latino mothers, the family resource center welcomes anyone in the community to access the available programs and services - especially those who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, anti-immigrant attitudes and other factors such as crime in the neighborhood where many low-income families live.
Christal, a Chicana woman, says that trying to teach family members and others who aren’t familiar with safe sleep about the importance of it can sometimes feel like a culture shock/shift because the family has already become comfortable with what they have always done. In the Chicana culture, grandmothers make blankets and give them to expecting parents as baby gifts. This is an important tradition, Christal agrees, however, parents need to keep in mind that their baby should not sleep with a blanket, even when the blanket is received as a meaningful gift.
There are many ways in which all Coloradans play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect. When businesses make genuine efforts to support their employees, they make a considerable impact on families and their communities. Family-friendly workplace policies and practices can help team members thrive at work and at home. By supporting the well-being of employees, organizations can build a culture of trust that results in increased productivity, job satisfaction, and a happier and healthier workforce.
We are inspired daily by the actions of our residents. Change is difficult; it is uncomfortable and it is scary. Knowing that change takes time and that resistance is normal helps me to have patience when I feel frustration or disappointment. Through acceptance and understanding, individuals are afforded the opportunity to safely explore change and make careful, long-lasting differences in their lives. I have had the privilege of working in the social work field for eight years. This has facilitated a deeper understanding that while I may not see the change, it is happening. I do not need to see it to believe in the process.
Family Promise of Greater Denver (FPGD) is dedicated to forming relationships with families at risk of or experiencing homelessness by providing shelter, meals, and a spectrum of supportive services as they obtain permanent stability.
In 2018, FPGD served 196 families, provided 8,720 shelter nights and successfully assisted 82% of the families that they serve in obtaining or maintaining stable housing.
The Colorado Department of Human Services CO4Kids campaign encourages all Coloradans to strengthen families and communities. If you know of an organization or individual working to strengthen Colorado families and communities that would like to be highlighted, please reach out to Dianna Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn about the signs of child abuse and neglect and for information about how to become a foster or adoptive parent, visit CO4Kids.org. Call 844-CO-4-Kids to report concerns about child abuse and neglect. If a child or teen is in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1.