Our Community Partners

Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS) provides mill levy funding for organizations that provide unique services and resources to Denver residents.

The 2020 mill-levy funded initiatives are:

  • Access Gallery engages the community by opening doors to creative, educational and economic arts opportunities for adults with I/DD. Ages 18 and up. Contact Cris Ciani for more information.

  • Anchor Center for Blind Children seeks to support safety and wellbeing in families through the Family Respite Care Program and Caring Hands Transport, LLC. Services include respite care, which provides parents and caregivers opportunities to enjoy a short break while feeling confident that their children are well-cared for by skilled staff, and free transportation to and from Anchor Center during the school day.

  • The Autism Community Center at the Autism Community Store is a safe, friendly and inclusive space and an incredible resource for the autism community in Denver. It offers a place for support groups, social events, resource fairs, trainings and so much more. The center is designed to be an accepting, sensory-inclusive hub that builds bridges to the broader community. All ages. Contact Stephanie Webb for more information.

  • Through after-school groups, recess facilitation and camps, Connect Us fosters social inclusion, supports friendship building and teaches leadership skills for re-school and elementary-age youth. Ages 3 to 18. Contact Chris Glock for more information.

  • Experts from the Family, Infant and Toddler (FIT) Program who can connect families to resources in their community with the overall goal of reducing family stress. Offered by Laradon, this project focuses on the basic needs of a children so parents are better able to support their children’s overall needs. Ages 1 to 5. Contact Perla Manquero at 303-901-7292 for more information.

  • A Financial Health Training Program designed to support adults with I/DD, case managers and caregivers. The “Financial Health” and “More Than A Job” classes offered by the Financial Health Institute teach valuable skills which have an overall positive impact on the entire community. Ages 18 and up. Contact Michael Kilgore for more information.

  • Inclusive yoga opportunities and nutrition and cooking classes offered by Guided By Humanity. The overall goal of this project is to support people to gain the tools necessary to guide their personal wellbeing. All ages. Contact Rachel Kaplan for more information.

  • The IPS Supported Employment project is in its second year of a pilot program run by Easter Seals. It is designed to increase employment opportunities for people with I/DD, and help them retain those positions. Ages 18 and up. Contact Kris Lindsey for more information.

  • Garden-based programming through Jovial Concepts designed to provide job training while cultivating life and work skills, social emotional engagement, and tools for independence and wellbeing. Ages 18 and up. Contact Kristina Welch for more information.

  • Behavioral services offered by Laradon provide support beyond Medicaid-defined services. The services are specifically designed for adults who are dually diagnosed and include crisis support, training and consultation. Ages 18 and up. Contact Ted Hubbard for more information.

  • Laradon and the Mental Health Center of Denver are working together on a pilot program designed to improve communication between mental health and I/DD service providers and offer cross-system services.

  • Mile High Connections Matter project offered by Parent to Parent of Colorado offers training for parents who want to learn the skills necessary to support other parents. Once trained, parents are matched with new parents looking for information and emotional support. Positive behavior support training designed for the parents of younger children is also available. All ages. Contact Lisa Franklin for more information.

  • Support and assistance for people with I/DD who are at risk or currently experiencing homelessness. Mission Supports is a program of the Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities which has a goal of helping people achieve stability through intensive case management and navigating the eligibility process for I/DD services. Ages 18 and up. Contact Arnie Swenson for more information.

  • The Passport to Independence project uses community-based instruction to assist students in gaining self-determination and independent living skills. The goal of this program of Denver Public Schools ACE Connect is to help youth set and achieve their post-secondary and independent living goals as they transition out of high school. Ages 14 to 21. Contact Nicole Franchino or Courtney Kallas for more information.

  • Resources and support with special needs planning from Probate Power, a program conducted by the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. Legal experts guide clients and families through all aspects of this often difficult and hard-to-navigate topic. All ages. Contact Chris Brock at 720-279-8233 for more information.

  • Project Independence is a training program for parents, youth and teens with I/DD offered by THRIVE Center. The project works to achieve successful post-secondary outcomes by providing information and skills related to educational, developmental and transitional needs such as IEPs, employment and independent living. Ages 14 to 21. Contact Yvette Burkhalter at 303-632-6840 ext. 101 for more information.

  • Opportunities to explore Colorado and beyond with Project World, a program of Activity Options. This project offers a variety of small group weekend, evening and community experiences and travel opportunities that are inclusive and safe. Ages 18 and up. Contact Peggy Berry for more information.

  • The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) offered by Ability Connection, provides a peer-oriented and supportive environment designed to foster successful transitions to employment, continued learning opportunities and independent living. Ages 13 to 25. Contact Kelsey Atkinson for more information.

  • The REVEL Lounge offers an environment where people with and without disabilities can connect, work, learn, build relationships and thrive together. There are also opportunities for individualized behavior therapy in a variety on non-traditional settings from the REVEL Supports program. Ages 14 and up. Contact Sara Davis at 720-212-1106 for more information.

  • The LEAP Preschool Framework reflects a behavioral and developmentally appropriate approach to teaching children with and without disabilities in inclusive early childhood environments. This framework is being adopted to the Rise School of Denver to scale up and sustain program-wide inclusion.

  • Trade and technical training designed for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder through T.A.C.T. The overall goal is to increase the proficiency of each person’s marketable interests before they leave school, imparting skills and workplace preparation to increase future employment opportunities and success. Ages 14 to 21. Contact Amanda Therrien for more information.

  • Services from Tennyson Center, designed for children with I/DD who are survivors of trauma, abuse or neglect. The goal of these important services is to empower children and support them to safely change their life stories. Ages birth to 18. Contact the Tennyson Admissions Department for more information.

  • The 3 to 5 training program designed by THRIVE Center to support parents whose children are preparing to enter the school system. In order to facilitate ease of access, the trainings will occur at a preschool during the typical pickup times. Ages 3 to 5. Contact Yvette Burkhalter at 303-632-6840 ext. 101 for more information.

  • Thrive Autism Collaborative is piloting a new model of parent coaching in Parent-Mediated Early Start Denver Model (P-ESDM) designed for unable to access P-ESDM through publicly funded early intervention programs. The pilot offers a more feasible and affordable telehealth model enabling more families to access and benefit from the P-ESDM. Ages 6 months to 2 years and six months. Contact Laurie Vismara at 404-290-6694 for more information.

  • The Tools for Life program focuses on empowering adults with I/DD to take control of their lives by developing and practicing social skills leading to greater choice and self-determination in social situations. This program of Jewish Family Service also provides coaching sessions for parents and caregivers. Ages 18 and up. Contact Tracy Nelson for more information.

  • The Transitioning Young Adults Program utilizes technology to support people in increasing their awareness and making lasting improvements to their overall physical, mental and social wellbeing. Offered by the Financial Health Institute, this project utilizes a classroom curriculum designed to make best use of Generation Z’s technology skills. Ages 16 to 25. Contact Michael Kilgore for more information.

  • The Wayfaring Band provides support, builds awareness and fosters genuine connection among diverse communities through education, socialization and transformative travel. The all-inclusive travel experiences offer real world opportunities to practice independent living skills, build relationships, develop capacity to make choices and self-advocate. Ages 18 and up. Contact Andrea Moore for more information.

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