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Denver Inner City Parish

Denver Inner City Parish is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) human services organization. Gifts are tax deductible and make an immediate impact for children, adults and families who need it most. Please consider making a recurring monthly donation to sustain and empower the work of DICP on an ongoing basis.

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La Academia Coding Institute

Class

Science & Technology 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Teachers
Unemployed, Underemployed
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The La Academia Coding Institute provides computer coding and computer science programming to underserved youth in the Denver metro area. The LACI offers a hybrid curriculum built around Code work's all-encompassing computer science curriculum and more specific coding curriculum and hands-on projects from The Raspberry Pi Foundation. We work with partner schools to provide programming during elective or out-of-school time at no cost to the partner school. Coding and computer science skills are a growing necessity for employment, and the LACI prepares young people to pursue coding and computer science after high school.

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La Academia Professional Development Institute

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Blacks, African Heritage
General population
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The La Academia Professional Development Institute is a fellowship program for individuals working in the field of youth development, OST youth groups, and alternative education. The program is designed to reach multiple youth-serving organizations across the Denver Metro area and add programmatic and professional value to their respective programs. Youth Development professionals working in these organizations will engage in a learning experience over a course of 5 to 7 months. They will learn about child development, program development and implementation, leadership skills, professionalism, and cultural competency within programs. The goal is to create better Youth Development Professionals that deliver highly effective programming to at-risk youth and to move the needle on the Professionals career. Whether that be leadership positions in their organizations, or development of their own programs. Other programs of the institute will include program sharing events, professional development workshops, and professional meet-ups.

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La Academia Puentes

Class

Employment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
At-Risk Populations
Parents
Unemployed, Underemployed
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The La Academia Puentes program is a post-secondary bridge program, run through a volunteer committee, with the goal of increasing the percentage of graduates who have successful collegiate and post-secondary careers. Puentes offers one-on-one mentoring as well as test-preparation and content-area classes to prepare and guide students to an appropriate post-secondary education, including college, trade schools, and professional certification programs. All students are assigned a mentor who is with them through high school graduation and stays with them through their college careers.

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Veggie Rx

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Veggie Rx is a program designed to increase education and access around healthy foods for individuals who have been diagnosed with a disease related to obesity, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, gout, some cancers, gall bladder disease and gall stones, osteoarthritis, breathing problems such as sleep apnea, and asthma, etc.
This small group program follows an eight-week curriculum, meeting once a week and includes field trips to the local grocery store and farmers market to raise education around nutrition, increase knowledge about budgeting and overall healthier living.
The pilot program included a collaboration with the Sociology Department at the University of Colorado Denver, which culminated in the data-driven study and evaluation entitled "Food Security among Clients of the Denver Inner City Parish." DICP is happy to announce it's partnership with Denver Health, DHA, Clinica and Stride as Veggie Rx moves forward.

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Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Families
Females
General population
Males
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

The Annual Thanksgiving Dinner brings together more than 300 community members to sit down to a traditional Thanksgiving meal. It is DICP's longest running service; spanning over half a century.

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Spiritual Development

Class

Religion 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Families
General population
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

The Spiritual Development program is a non-denominational service which invites people from all walks of life to celebrate faith and spirituality through monthly evening services and dinners. Special life events such as baptisms, weddings, and funerals are also included. Average attendance at services and dinners is 41.

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Hunger Programs

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

General Public
Homeless
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Families
People/Families of People with Health Conditions

Description

DICP's food pantry operates on a client-choice model and partners with local agencies to enroll clients in federal food assistance programs. DICP is a founding member of the Colorado Food Pantry Network, an alliance of hunger relief organizations collaboratively addressing food insecurity in the State of Colorado.

Parish Packs sends 1,150lbs of food to 185 elementary school children for them to take home each Friday with enough food for their family for the entire weekend.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The amount of food processed by our pantry each month as well as the number of households served continues to increase year over year. We are also working diligently to advocate on behalf of our clients for state and federal legislation that decreases food insecurity including SNAP access/enrollment.

Community Empowerment

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
At-Risk Populations
Homeless
Offenders, Ex-Offenders
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Community Empowerment encompasses the direct services we provide for homeless and economically disadvantaged clients that visit our 1212 Mariposa St. location. We distribute diapers, hygiene products, emergency food packs and discounted monthly RTD passes. We offer a free library, free coffee and water, and help clients with referrals to services for housing, utilities assistance and more.

DICP's Care Navigators work with individuals and families to meet basic needs by helping them secure employment, access affordable housing, transportation, public benefits, and health resources. Care navigation and referrals average over 250 per week.

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Feedback from a survey conducted at the beginning of the last fiscal year indicates that The Parish is an anchor in the La Alma Lincoln Park community. We are well-known for our compassionate approach to anyone in need of help that walks through our doors.

Seniors Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Military/Veterans
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Senior adults participate in a variety of activities addressing nutrition, socialization, and health needs. The Parish Seniors program enhances the quality of life for community members who are 55 years of age and older. The average participant is female, widowed, Latina, living below poverty level, and over the age of 70. Many are bilingual, but some are monolingual Spanish or English speaking.

Wednesday through Saturday, seniors enjoy a free nutritional lunch, play Bingo for bags of groceries, engage in exercises and yoga classes, go on field trips, and participate in educational workshops. The program works to combat isolation and to promote physical and social well-being. Transportation and lunch are provided 4 days a week by the Parish and Volunteers of America (VOA).

In addition, Parish seniors receive emergency food and commodity food distribution through VOA and Food Bank of the Rockies. The seniors and their families are also encouraged to utilize any of our other available programs. Many seniors use our Emergency Food Bank, referral services, and have family members who utilize or are enrolled in other DICP programs.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Data collected provides evidence of program participation, senior retention and participant satisfaction.

Holiday Gift Giveaway

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Single Parents

Description

The Holiday Gift Giveaway distributes over 5,000 gifts to parents who are unable to afford gifts for their children.

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We have a sign-in process for all guests and we do a guest survey - we have had 100% positive survey results for the past five years

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