Struggle Of Love Foundation

Every day hundreds of cars line up at the "Sacks of Love" Food Pantry to get help putting food on the table for their families. Each week the pantry feeds 2,500 + individuals in our community. Help us continue to feed hungry families during this uncertain time. Or support one of our other programs.

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Mental Health Services

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
At-Risk Populations
Families
General population

Description

Struggle of Love and its partners are trusted members of the community, where youth (and their families) who experience marginalization have a safe space to access free or affordable culturally appropriate and critical mental health services.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Reduce stigma around mental wellness among youth and their families
Increased awareness among youth about what mental wellness means
Increased engagement among youth and their families in available mental health resources and services offered by Struggle
Strengthened navigation of the health system among youth and their families
Increased ability to identify triggers and the need to ask for extra support to deal with trauma or substance mis-use issues
Increased funding of community-based agencies to provide mental health services
Strengthened partnerships between community-based organizations and formal mental health professionals

Secondary Prevention

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Struggle of Love Foundation (S.O.L.F.) is a 501(c) 3 Colorado community based non-profit organization created to provide community awareness, involvement and social activities, for underprivileged youth, adults and families. The SOLF addresses youth mental health, gang intervention, sexual behavior and promoting healthy lifestyles. We offer an outlet for youth to participate in sports activities and mentor sessions that help them grow athletically, mentally and physically into responsible young adults.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The evidence of the success for our secondary prevention program is based on the number of your and young adults we server through probation referrals and how many successfully complete the program. Not only is completion of the program tracked but we also conduct post program meet ups to ensure these individuals continue down a path of success and assist with any additional supports they need.

Violence Interruption

Class

Crime & Legal 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Crime/Abuse Victims
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The SOLF foundation has been active in the Montbello neighborhood since 2007.
By utilizing the CURE Violence Model which utilizes the same three steps used to
reverse epidemic disease outbreaks. The SOLF has proven effective in this modality by following this method.
Interrupting the transmission of the disease. In this case the disease is
violence The SOLF's involvement with Denver's District V police department, GRID,
The R.I.S.E. Network, Schools, the community and the relationships created by and
through their intentional programming have proven effective in the Prevention of
Retaliations by Mediating Conflicts and Keeping Conflicts 'Cool' by establishing
relationships with gang involved youth.

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Evidence of Program's Success

For the last 12 years, the SOLF has proven their commitment to gang prevention and
community engagement. Though formal data collection tools are not utilized at this
time, SOLF recognizes the need and requirement to institute systems that will track and measure data.

Sacks of Love

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Children (4-12 years)
General population
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Nearly 1 in 7 Colorado kids (14%) may not always know when or where they will get their next meal.
We recently opened the doors to a community FOOD PANTRY located in the Montbello community. Your donations will help us stock our Food Pantry which we will make available to those in our community that are in need every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We provide nonperishable food items as well as fresh produce. For every $300 we raise, we will be able to feed 25 families twice a month. Join us in our fight against hunger. We accept monetary donations as well as food donations. Please help us Feed our community by making a donation today.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Served over 13,700 families in July 2020 and distributed over 128,000 lbs of food

Spreading Our Love Mentoring and Leadership Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Blacks, African Heritage
Children (4-12 years)
Families

Description

We have a year-round sports and mentor program, which is designed for underprivileged youth who's families cannot afford to cover the cost of competitive sports. Through our sports program, we provide an outlet for at risk youth or those involved in gangs and uplift them. We want to make sure they are not left out or left behind. We offer an outlet for youth to participate in sports activities and mentor sessions that help them grow athletically, mentally and physically into responsible young adults. Since we not only focus on athletics, a great source of exercise promoting active and healthy living, our organization is also very active in the community. Our participants are required to commit to 30 hours of community engagement activities throughout the year so they know the importance of giving back to their community. The goal of the program is to ensure the life skills we teach are incorporated into the lifestyles of youth and young adults with a focus on the importance of getting an education, finding and keeping a job, building self-esteem and confidence and overall creating a healthy lifestyle.

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Evidence of Program's Success

One program is Struggle of Love, each day kids work in the Montbello area handing out food during the pandemic. July 18 2020
https://denver.cbslocal.com/video/4632781-a-local-orginization-is-working-to-keep-kids-off-the-streets-by-having-them-help-those-in-need-in-the-community/?fbclid=IwAR07Q2obUlTPGK1c0z02iUn8yv1VUns5WhSD2PnKXLLZfierAcWf-3osdcE

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