Center for Family Opportunity Brings Critical Services to Communities in Need
Mile High United Way believes that all families and individuals should have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to become financially stable. Together with Denver Public Schools’ Family and Youth Engagement department and the Mountain Resource Center, families now have easy access to a bundle of resources to help them succeed.
Through two new “Centers for Family Opportunity” funded by Mile High United Way, partner organizations provide free English-language and GED classes, as well as help with tax preparation, financial coaching, legal assistance and veteran services.
“We can’t do this alone,” said Kyle Gamba, Principal of College View Elementary, at the February 5th grand opening. “By partnering with Mile High United Way and other service organizations, we have become a community center, and transform how we provide education to both students and adults. Together, we have the ability to empower our parents and ultimately work toward ending the cycle of poverty.”
The two Centers, located at College View Elementary in Southwest Denver and at the Mountain Resource Center in Conifer, were designed based on a proven national model of bringing together best-in-their field resources in a centralized location. Programs and resources offered at each location are customized based on the needs of the communities they serve. For example, College View Elementary has partnered with Emily Griffith Technical College to provide GED and ESL classes, while Mountain Resource Center is partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the JeffCo Veteran’s Services to provide support for military veterans. Other partner agencies include Energy Outreach Colorado (utility assistance); Goodwill Industries (job skills training); Denver Bar Association (legal services); VITA Tax Prep and AARP Tax Aid (tax prep services); and mPowered (financial and credit coaching).