Denver Indian Center, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

100% complete

$65,000 Goal

The Denver Indian Center is seeking support to assist with important renovations to our facility located at 4407 Morrison Road, in SW Denver, Built in 1949, age and normal wear have brought the Center to the point of needing major renovations to ensure a safe and inviting place for our families.

Testimonials

"I came to the Indian Center with nothing. I was new to Denver and having some trouble in my personal life. I didn't know where to go…. I felt relief as soon as I walked in. They gave me a private space to tell my story and even brought me some coffee to warm up on the cold winter day. Now, I am enrolled in programs at the Indian Center and have felt so much support from their staff. I am about to finish training on my new job that I got after participating in the workforce program and I am about halfway through with the Fatherhood program's classes. I see the day that I came to the Indian Center as a big turning point in my life in Denver. I am so grateful for everything ..."

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Mission

Mission: To empower our American Indian youth, elders, families and community by promoting self-determination and economic, mental and physical health through education, advocacy and cultural enrichment.

Vision: To be engaging, innovative, and transformative, with transparency, as we provide our employees and American Indian community members with the highest quality programs and services.

Background Statement

During the 1950's, Denver was one of the original relocation cities identified in The Indian Relocation Act of 1952 (also known as Public Law 959 or the Adult Vocational Training Program) which was a United States law intended to encourage American Indians in the United States to leave their reservations, acquire vocational skills, and assimilate into the general population. As a result, Denver saw a large increase of native people from across the country resulting in a diverse multi-tribal community, searching for stability and opportunity. Denver has often been tagged as the "Crossroads of Indian Country". To help support and meet the needs of this group of people, the Denver Indian Center, Inc. (DICI) was founded in 1983 by Denver American Indian leaders to provide a gathering place for people from a wide array of tribes. From a 1985 agreement with the City and County of Denver, and under former Mayor Frederico Pena's administration, the DICI was given an unused school building for the purposes of a community center and eventually gained ownership. While some of the programs housed at the DICI have changed over the years, its essential purpose remains to serve as a resource for American Indians to adjust, and thrive in the Denver urban environment.. DICI initially prioritized workforce development and employment, early childhood education and youth development, since these were the needs most prevalent in the community. In 2015, DICI launched its Honoring Fatherhood Program in light of the fact that American Indian or Alaskan Native children are much more likely to live in a single-parent household or with grandparents than their non-American Indian counterparts. Today, DICI continues to serve this community, now estimated at 60,000. Many came to the city seeking economic stability, education and security for their families but still encounter isolation and economic invisibility. DICI is located in the Westwood neighborhood where most of the native population originally settled. It is an urban center where families can meet, access resources, celebrate their cultural heritage and successfully transition to city life through the provision of culturally relevant programming. DICI also began offering Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and Commodity Supplement Food Program (CSFP) to support families and elders in need. DICI strives to meet three levels of needs: (a) short and long-term needs related to poverty (food and jobs), healthy living, youth and family, (b) the need for cultural connection-connecting to Native history and culture, including spiritual and social customs, and (c) the need for education and consultation to non-Native communities serving AI/AN populations such as providers and government officials)-helping them understand the issues affecting the American Indian community and how to best work with Native individuals and cultures. Often seen as the "go-to" center for American Indians in the Denver Metro Area and Front Range, DICI was honored as the Department of Labor's "Outstanding Grantee" in 2010.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Denver Indian Center, Inc.

Year Established

1983

Tax id (EIN)

84-0922797

Category

Human Services

Organization Size

Large Organization

Address

4407 Morrison Rd
Denver, CO 80219

Service areas

Denver County, CO, US

Phone

303-936-2688

Fax

303-936-2699

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