SAFER Opportunities Initiative
SAFER — an initiative supported by Mental Health Colorado — provides short-term housing in a hotel setting with the goals of health stabilization, basic resource access assistance, employment assistance, and next-step housing for unhoused individuals experiencing mental health and/or substance use concerns at risk of or experiencing justice system involvement. Safer Opportunities accomplishes this by connecting participants with peer support services, on-site mental health care, case management, and other supportive services. Safer Opportunities serves vulnerable individuals living with mental health issues who are either being released into homelessness from the Arapahoe County Detention Center or are unhoused and in contact with first responders as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. SAFER’s short-term shelter is the essential first step to improving these folks’ situations while connecting them to longer-term housing, health care, support, and services. To date, we have supported 178 members of our community.
We hope you will give what you can to support this SAFER initiative. With your help, we will continue providing essential services for these vulnerable members of our community — ultimately contributing to the betterment of Colorado, improved health care access in our state, and the decriminalization of mental health.
Find more information below on SAFER.
- About Us
Click the following links to learn more about the SAFER initiative.
- In the Media
Click the following links to see SAFER referenced in the news:
- Community Partners
Here are some partners within the community who’ve helped support our work:
- Mental Health Colorado
- South Metro Fire Rescue
- Gracefull Café
- Arapahoe County
- Division of Housing, Department of Local Affairs
- AllHealth Network
- Movement 5280
- Arapahoe County Pretrial
- Arapahoe County Community Resource Department
- Red Rocks Church
- IFCS (Integrated Family Community Services)
- Change the Trend
- Tri-County Health
- Success Stories
Access testimonial by SAFER program participants.
- Photo Gallery
Thank you again for your interest in SAFER.
For additional information, please contact Adam Goss at AGoss@mentalhealthcolorado.org.