Servicios de La Raza

Servicios de La Raza responds to the unmet needs of the most vulnerable communities across the state through victim services, healthcare access, re-entry, HIV & STI services, Behavioral Health, youth leadership, a food pantry, clothing bank, employment training, financial empowerment, & more.

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Re-Entry Services

Class

Crime & Legal 

Beneficiaries

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

Description

Our WAGEES Adult re-entry program offer supportive services and mentoring to men and women who are reintegrating into society after incarceration. WAGEES offers a variety of resources across the community to help parolees complete parole successfully and gain the skills necessary to not return to prison. WAGEES staff attends parole orientation at the Denver and Englewood parole offices to meet with potential participants the first week of being released.

Our staff supports clients with basic needs, housing, food, clothing, job training, transportation assistance, and more.

Our WAGEES20 Program provides case management to justice-involved young adults age 18-24, helping participants navigate pathways to higher education and careers. Clients can work with our team for up to a year and have the opportunity to receive incentives when milestones are reached.

Our WAGEES20 team offers the following services:

GED and high school diploma completion
Community college enrollment guidance
Financial Aid assistance
Job development and training strategies
Job certification opportunities
Resume building and interview skills
Employment placement and retention strategies
Credit recovery process
Addressing healthcare needs
Access to mental health services
Access to substance use services

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Evidence of Program's Success

Client Phillip Garnier enrolled into the WAGEES program on February 17, 2021. Phillip was released from prison in early February knowing that his life needed to change. Phillip came to WAGEES with no job or a place to stay. Upon his enrollment, Phillip had several life changing episodes that made him want to succeed in life and overcome his status as a sex offender. Phillip was very active in the WAGEES program receiving his flagger and forklift certifications. With these certifications he found full-time employment which provided a new sense of stability for him. Being employed, Phillip was able to find housing and maintained stability. Phillip is currently working full-time for a flagger company that has a full work schedule and is making a very comfortable living wage. As a result of his hard work, he will be successfully dismissed from the program with numerous credentials and stable employment. Phillip has gone beyond his means to making sure the opportunities he received were greatly appreciated. Phillip has been an ideal client and role model for the WAGEES program at Servicios de La Raza.

Employment Services

Class

Employment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Offenders, Ex-Offenders
Unemployed, Underemployed
Veterans

Description

Servicios de La Raza's employment, training and education program helps job seekers by providing essential resources and tools to obtain and sustain long-term employment. Our team assists by identifying appropriate career options, pathways to education, and training opportunities so participants can excel in their chosen field, providing support to the highest degree.

Our Employment Specialists work directly with local employers and recruiters to provide a wide variety of competitive career pathways.

Services include, but are not limited to:
Case Management
GED/Post-Secondary /Vocational Opportunities
Financial Assistance for tuition and/or books
Job Readiness Classes
Resume Building
Job Searching and Placement
Application Assistance
Career Assessments
Job Fairs
Work Tools
Transportation (bus tickets/gas vouchers)
Certifications and/or specialized Licensures (i.e. forklift, CNA, flaggers, CDL, barber, nursing/dental assistance and many more…)


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Evidence of Program's Success

Financial Empowerment

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
At-Risk Populations
General population
Unemployed, Underemployed
Veterans

Description

Our Financial Empowerment staff helps clients understand and improve their finance, offering assistance with:
- Debt recovery
- Budgeting
- Spending plans
- Debt and credit repair
- Credit building
- Budgeting
- Opening bank and saving accounts
- (In the future) personal investment guidance

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Evidence of Program's Success

La Raza Youth Leadership Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Native Americans

Description

The La Raza Youth Leadership Program provides Chicanx/Latinx* high school students, grades 9 -12, an opportunity to achieve their full leadership potential by participating in an intensive program. The mission is to empower Chicanx/Latinx* youth through education, understanding of their own history, and learning from community leaders to instill the desire to give back to their community

The La Raza Youth Leadership Program believes in social justice, quality education, human rights, environmental justice worldwide, and the advancement of the Latino community. The Program welcomes and encourages differing philosophical views to promote the learning experience.

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Evidence of Program's Success

COVID-19 Crisis Services

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families
General population
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

The Colorado Spirit Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) was formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Servicios de La Raza's Behavioral Health Department is working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to provide community-based crisis counseling and support to individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 and may be experiencing distress, anxiety, worry, hopelessness or need additional support to cope with current pandemic.

Colorado Spirit's program consists of bilingual (English & Spanish) support line specialists, a Crisis Counselor, a Child Specialist, and Senior Specialist who are trained to support and engage community members in enhancing social and emotional connections to others in the community and promote effective methods of coping and resilience.

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Evidence of Program's Success

HELP - Healthcare Access

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Families
General population
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

Servicios de La Raza's HELP (Health Education, Literacy, & Promotions) Program provides culturally and linguistically relevant services designed to promote and expand insurance enrollment and utilization of healthcare services. Staff provide individual and community-based education to enhance well-being, prevent illness, and promote proper healthcare.

Our current work is also heavily focuses on healthcare education and COVID-19 vaccinations in Spanish-speaking communities across the state.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year, our HELP team services 15,097 individuals at the Mexican Consulate, enrolled 443 people into Health Insurance/Medicaid/CHP, provided 8,173 FREE COVID-19 vaccines, and 529 free flu shots.

Behavioral Health

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children ages 5 to 21
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

The Behavioral Health Department is a specialized clinic providing culturally and linguistically responsive English and Spanish outpatient mental health and substance misuse services to underserved and uninsured populations. Our goal is to support a thriving community in which all members have the opportunities and support to achieve self-sufficiency and lead a healthy quality of life.

Behavioral Health staff recognize the broader social and political factors that underlie issues experienced by communities of color and operate from an integrative theoretical framework, allowing for flexibility of clinical approaches depending on client need and receptivity. Our integrative framework includes theoretical orientations such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Feminist, Anti-oppression, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Motivational Interviewing, Person-centered, Family Systems, Psychodynamic and Trauma-Informed Care.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year, 412 clients were provided with free or very low cost therapy, more than half of them were immigrants. We served 488 people in our Opioid Response Program and received 2,863 calls at our COVID Crisis Counseling hotline.

VISTAS - Victim Services

Class

Crime & Legal 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Crime/Abuse Victims
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group
Hispanics
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Description

The VISTAS (Victims in Safe Transition and Self-Sufficiency) program provides services to English and Spanish-speaking victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and general crime. Through an established service model, the following resources are available for victims: 24-hour crisis hot line, case management, mental health services, legal victim advocacy, education, referrals and legal representation to victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and general crime, offering these services to victims from across Colorado.

Crisis hotline: 303-953-5930

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Evidence of Program's Success

In Fiscal Year 2020-2021, our VISTAS Program provided
• 81 address confidentiality applications
• Assistance with 176 U-Visa applications
• 710 Petitions for Dissolution of Marriages and Child Custody
• 45 clients with support groups
• 50 individuals with therapy sessions

La Gente - HIV & STI Services

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Hispanics
People With AIDS (pwas)
At-Risk Populations

Description

La Gente is a bilingual program specializing in providing client-centered services to people living with HIV (PLWH) who reside in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties. The program assists its participants to understand their diagnosis, gain and maintain access to medical care, treatment, emotional support and other resources that meet their needs so they may thrive with HIV. La Gente serves a wide range of PLWH including straight and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) men, women, and youth. The program offers Medical Case Management, Psychosocial Support Services, Medical Transportation Assistance, and Free Safer-Sex Materials.

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Evidence of Program's Success

As our program provides client advocacy, we are able to provide intensive follow-up and support throughout the medical treatment aspect for all our clients.
100% of clients receive in-house bicultural and bilingual services.

All clients who face transportation as a barrier to accessing care receive one of the following when available or as necessary:
- Transportation from case manager or client advocate to appointments, etc.
- Bus tokens
- Taxi ride/voucher (when available or provided by medical provider)

BES - Basic Emergency Services

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Homeless

Description

Servicios' Basic Emergency Services staff assists vulnerable individuals and families out of crisis to achieve self-sufficiency, greater security, and stability in their lives. BES serves diverse client populations including those who are homeless, victims of domestic violence, low & moderate-income families, veterans, people re-entering society post- incarceration, LGBTQ+ community, senior citizens, mixed-status households, and anyone who is having trouble making ends meet.

BES includes a food pantry and clothing bank providing with clients with food, pet food, home cleaning, and personal hygiene products. BES also hosts multiple annual events including Holiday Food Basket & Toy Giveaways, and a Back-to-School backpack and school supply giveaway for community. BES also does SNAP enrollment.

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Evidence of Program's Success

BES served 11,374 clients during the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year with food and hygiene products. 300 Students received backpacks and school supplies.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw a significant increase in those utilizing our services, and many could not come in in person, so we established a home delivery for food, home cleaning, and hygiene products. We were also able to give away thousands of masks to keep vulnerable communities safe.

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