Organization of the Year

Jewish Family Service, Refugee Mental Health Program

The Refugee Mental Health Program began in 2006 to help those who had fled their countries because of war, oppression, religious persecution, or ethnic conflicts. These refugees struggle with acculturation, language barriers, unfamiliar surroundings, financial stressors, and loss of identities, homes, and professions. Many were victims of torture or gender-based violence. A team of six dedicated mental health professionals has worked with more than 200 clients in the past year. According to JFS, the clients “gain confidence and life skills, learn to smile, laugh, ...

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Aspen Hope Center

The nonprofit Hope Center serves the Roaring Fork Valley through crisis prevention, including education and school-based programs; crisis response, in partnership with law enforcement and EMS; crisis intervention; crisis stabilization; and crisis recovery. The Center also operates a 24-hour HopeLine, answered locally by experienced and licensed clinicians. According to the Hope Center, “51 people in 2016 were saved from suicide. All 51 had a plan, means and intent to end their lives, but they trusted our staff and clinicians. None were sent to a facility outside of the ...

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