Increase capacity to transform the current economic development system to a more inclusive and equitable model that prioritizes democratically-owned businesses, emphasizes local procurement, and ensures social, environmental, and institutional sustainability.
Strengthen Community Health
Children's Hospital Colorado's Mental Health Youth Action Board (YAB) Takes the Conversation and Action to Schools
Move from research to action with YAB members engaging their school communities to address mental health services and supports. Implement school-based plans for increasing mental health by advocating for peer support programs, mindfulness rooms, and/ or staff training on trauma informed practices, building student relationships, and/or crisis communication.
Integrate a Community Wealth Building (CWB) lens into capacity building, changing Colorado Springs Food Rescue's internal policies & overall organizing strategy. Project includes working alongside the Center for Community Wealth Building to host a CWB learning series for southeast Colorado Springs community members.
Conduct a feasibility study and assemble holistic development plans for two innovative affordable housing projects in rural Colorado. These projects bring multiple partners together to provide safe, stable, and affordable housing options to Chaffee's most vulnerable individuals and families - from those experiencing homelessness to those seeking their first ownership opportunity.
Build upon Athmar Park's established resident-led efforts that envisions a community where everyone can safely walk, bike, take transit, and participate in healthy eating and active living activities.
Purchase the 10-acre property on which our residential safe home currently resides. This purchase would allow us to sustain our current Avanti House program and fulfill our strategic vision of building/operating a second residential home on this land as an additional housing option for minor survivors of human trafficking.
Continue the work of the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F).
Implement the first year of the five-year, multi-stakeholder Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger.
Stabilization and Expansion of Housing Justice Work Across Colorado through a Gender, Racial, and Health Justice Framework
Expand the successful organizing for affordable housing and renters rights by: 1) respond to training requests from mobile home park groups, 2) build statewide leadership base of directly impacted leaders, 3) train residents to understand and enforce new laws, and 4) ensure the laws are implemented and enforced. Strengthened leadership of low-income renters and mobile home owners will advance progress toward the goal of increasing access to affordable housing.