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Creative Options for Early Childhood Education

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Disabled
Families
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents

Description

Every year at each of our 5 centers, expectant mothers and over 450 infants, toddlers and preschool children and their families are provided prenatal and early care, intervention, prevention, and vital support as part of an inclusive educational experience.

The full-time professional staff and support teams at each Creative Options Center include:

● Early Childhood Educators and Directors
● Special Education Consultants
● Social-Emotional Coaches/School Readiness Coaches
● Mental Health Specialists
● Occupational Therapists
● Speech Pathologists and Assistants
● Family Service Coaches

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Evidence of Program's Success

Creative Options served 453 children and families in 2017-2018.

100% of the children enrolled in our programs are screened for developmental and health concerns resulting in the early discovery of any delays or potential delays, and the opportunity to provide early intervention.

Health Services
• 100% of families reported their children had an ongoing source of medical care
• 100% of families reported their children had continuous, accessible dental care
• 96% of children were immunized; 2% have not received all immunizations; 2% were exempted by the state

Prenatal Services
• 6 expectant mothers with 6 high-risk pregnancies were served
• 4 expectant mothers were enrolled in the program during their 2nd trimester
• 2 expectant mothers were enrolled in the program during their 3rd trimester
• 6 expectant mothers received prenatal and post-partum care
• 6 received education on the benefits of breastfeeding, fetal development and substance abuse prevention
• 6 had health insurance (Medicaid)
• 4 infants were enrolled in the EHS program

Our parents continue to share that they felt respected and appreciate being partners in the development of their child's health and educational goals.

Employment Works

Class

Employment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Disabled
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Military/Veterans
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

Employment Works helps youth and adults with disabilities to obtain and retain employment that matches their interest and choices.

Employment Works provided employment-related services to 2,815 individuals in Colorado in 2017-2018 through our youth Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP), Social Security/Work Incentives Planning/Counseling and Ticket to Work, a job development and placement program.

Colorado businesses, which collaborate with Employment Works, become more competitive by exploring new approaches to employment and gaining access to non-traditional labor sources.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Employment Works is good for Coloradans with disabilities and good for businesses.

In 2017-2018, Employment Works served 2,815 individuals
~ 1,295 individuals were provided with services through intensive case management services (job counseling, placement, benefits counseling).
~ 344 New Cases were opened.
~ 256 individuals participated in the Ticket to Work program.
~ 93 Youth were enrolled in the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP).
~ 92% of RAMP participants completed the program and successfully transitioned to the next grade or will be attending college in the fall.
~ 32 Youth are receiving WIPA services.

Business/Volunteer participation
~ 78 Businesses partnerships were formed or retained via presentations, tours, and related activities
~ 118 Volunteers assisted in programming efforts
~ 175 Hours were donated by Volunteers/organizations
~ 635 Hours were contributed by 9 RAMP volunteers and interns

EMPOWER Colorado

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Families
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Adults
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities

Description

Education Movement: Parents Offering Wisdom, Encouragement, and Resources (EMPOWER) CO:

We are fellow parents offering support to families whose children are coping with mental health issues. EMPOWER provides free services and resources that include:
● Support groups.
● Advocacy work in collaboration with other organizations to address youth mental health issues.
● Referrals to education advocates.
● Mentoring for those interested in advocacy work.
● Many additional resources available, with the most-requested resources downloadable for free from our resource page.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
● Parents who can provide respite to other parents.
● Support by lending your presence at court hearings, IEP meetings, and during hospital stays.
● Spread the word about EMPOWER's free resources! Deliver brochures to doctors' offices, libraries, and schools.
● Request donations of goods and services from community businesses to support EMPOWER events.

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Evidence of Program's Success

EMPOWER served 2,881 individuals/families in 2017-2018

~ 40 participated in support groups in person and on Facebook.
~ 250 Professional Members on announcement/event listserve
~ 456 individuals attended training/school meetings (IEP or 504) Including PEP conferences and other training.
~ 987 Family members received direct services.
~ 60 home visits/hospital visits/court visits took place via staff and volunteers.
~ 15 Volunteers contributed 120 Volunteer hours

Faith in Action

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled
Blind & Vision Impaired
Deaf & Hearing Impaired
Disabled

Description

Faith In Action assists seniors and individuals with disabilities in the Boulder County area with Activities of Daily Living:
● Transportation
● Participation in leisure activities
● Community outings
● Companionship
● Respite for caregivers
● Homemaking skills
● Home and yard maintenance
● Telephone and email
● Small moving projects

CIRCLES OF FRIENDS
Faith in Action will come to your faith-based or community organization to recruit and train a Circle of Friends including volunteers, project coordinators, and facilitators. The Circle is built around individuals who require assistance to be able to fully participate in their community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2017-2018, Faith in Action trained 30 volunteers who provided 25,769 hours of volunteer services. These volunteers provided services for 2,478 individuals, who are elderly or living with disabilities. All services provided were at no charge to the individuals in need.

Guardianship Alliance of Colorado

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Description

The Guardianship Alliance of Colorado (GAC) believes that all persons are entitled to lives of respect and dignity with the freedom to exercise their rights and make their own decisions to the full extent of their abilities. The mission of the Alliance is to assure that these rights are protected and that appropriate decision-making support is available to adults in Colorado with seriously impaired decision-making capacity. The Alliance provides information regarding guardianship, referrals to professionals, guardianship training for adults, public education and in-service training, and advocacy for improvements in guardianship and conservatorship laws. Additionally, the Alliance enlists volunteer guardians for adults, who are low-income, isolated and incapacitated. The Alliance is Colorado's only resource for information and training related to the guardianship process and protecting the rights and dignity of vulnerable adults.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2017-2018 the GAC served a total of 6,771 individuals through the following:
~4,922 Information and referral contacts provided via staff e-mails and phone calls.
~47 Presentations held with an average of 35 attendees each (approx. 1,645 individuals who attended presentations)
~39 wards were served by volunteer guardians.
~56 Clients served by 2 full-time client managers.
~122 clients served by volunteer guardian and client managers transitioned out of the Colorado Mental Health Institute into placement more suitable for their overall and day-to-day needs and lives.

Infantile Scoliosis Outreach Program

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Children birth to age 3
Families
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
At-Risk Populations
Disabled

Description

ISOP is THE resource for support and treatment of Progressive Infantile Scoliosis (PIS). We advocate for the Mehta Casting Method, which is the only noninvasive curative treatment for PIS.

ISOP provides support for families through:
● The CAST online support group.
● An active Facebook presence.
● Direct phone & email support with founder Heather Hyatt Montoya.

ISOP facilitates free, hands-on training in the Mehta Casting method for surgeons, physicians and healthcare professionals worldwide.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2017-2018, 4,005 children were being treated with the life-saving casting method discovered by ISOP's founder with Dr. Minn Mehta, an orthopedist from England.

~ 4,005 Children are currently being treated with Dr. Min Mehta's Growth Guidance Casting worldwide.
~ 3,005 families were directly advised or informed of Dr. Mehta's Growth Guidance Casting.
~ 185 new phone calls received and handled from families seeking information and one-on-one interactions.
~ ISOP also gained 318 new Facebook followers, bringing the yearly total to 2,327 followers. Facebook's support group, "Early Onset Scoliosis & Mehta Growth Guidance Casting" received 1,800 e-mails per month and 24,010 per year.
~ 800 professionals were directly advised /informed of Dr. Mehta's Growth Guidance Casting.

Parent to Parent of Colorado (P2P)

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Parents
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities

Description

At P2P, we connect families of sons & daughters with disabilities and special health care needs to emotional and informational support. Parenting our sons & daughters can be complex, challenging, delightful and overwhelming. With a parent to parent connection, families can find on-going support throughout the year. We support over 19,000 individuals each year through:

● Online Parent Support Groups (English & Spanish) available 24/7/365.
● Individual support with trained Support Parents.
● Toll-free information line in English and Spanish.
● Website with valuable family resources.
● Navigation of resources by expert parents.
● Connections with support groups around the State.
● Opportunities to participate in developing & changing public policy.
● Parent voices & perspectives in our blog "Parenting with Altitude".

THE POWER OF PARENT SUPPORT:
● Parents and families realize that they are not alone
● You can connect with other parents who understand
● Together we can make a difference

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Evidence of Program's Success

P2P served over 5,000 Parent Members across Colorado in 2018-2019 with a 9% increase in membership from the previous year.
~ 5,025 P2P database members.
~ 2,972 Facebook Followers
~ 123 parents were matched and provided w/individual support from a trained Support Parent.
~ 100 parents are active in our Padre a Padre de Colorado--Spanish Language Support Group

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