Skip to main content
Home

Our Stories

An addiction for 20 years, a survivor of childhood abuse and domestic violence as an adult, a family of addicts and homeless for most of her adult life, the odds of survival for Brenda were slim. Today, Brenda is not just surviving, she is thriving. Thanks to her will to be a better mother and to be stable, Brenda is living a fulfilled life.
A woman is assaulted or beaten every 9 seconds in the United States. Across the country, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have suffered physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner. In Colorado, domestic violence programs are overburdened and under resourced—163 victims were turned away in 2014 due to lack of resources.
Stacy Miller finds herself busy these days with community meetings, coffee chats with peers, Narcotics Anonymous, and Alcoholics Anonymous. She finds support within her community and is working hard to offer the same support to others in recovery from addiction and homelessness.
Seven years ago, Wayne spent his nights sleeping in alleys and under bridges. Without shelter during a harsh Denver winter, Wayne developed frostbite on his feet. Without health coverage, Wayne knew he could not afford the high medical bill if he went to the Emergency Room. Wayne felt he had no choice but to “tough it out.”
After being discharged from the VA hospital where he lost six toes to frostbite, Stephen found a safe place for healing through the Coalition’s Medical Respite Care Program. And, he reconnected with his daughter Jodi, who was relieved to hear he was alive and recovering nicely.
When their family lost their home, Caden and Ria stopped coming to the Children's Center because their parents couldn't pay. Our caregivers told them to come anyway so that the children would have some consistency and stability during a very uncertain time in their lives.
As an infant, Jamal was falling behind his peers. The caregivers at the Renaissance Children's Center worked with Jamal to strengthen his physical abilities, and with time, he gained the confidence and strength he needed to get back on track with his peers.
“If I didn’t have this housing I’d either be in jail or dead.” After a rough stint on the streets, Leland now has his own home and is enrolled in a commercial banking class thanks to the help of the Coalition’s Street Outreach team.
Anna has struggled with homelessness since she was 14. A friend told her about the Coalition’s Street Outreach team who helped Anna access health care and resources for a motel while they worked to find her permanent housing. After moving into her own home, she reconnected with her mother.
“They have given me another start on life, period.” After being connected to the Coalition’s Housing First Program, Chico is now sober and lives in his own apartment.
James and Joyce needed a home they could afford without sacrificing their son Julian’s healthcare treatments. With the help of the Coalition, they found a home near the hospital. They are thankful their family could stay together, and are working toward greater financial stability so the Coalition can serve another family in need.
After the death of her child, Jessica lost her job, her home, and couldn’t help but feel that her life was out of control. She found stability through the Coalition’s Family Unification Program, where she could keep her family together, while addressing the loss of her child through regular therapy sessions.
With a stable home and access to counseling through the Coalition, Alma gained the confidence she needed to go back to school and pursue her career. After graduating, Alma realized that she not only accomplished her goals, but also laid the groundwork for her daughter’s future, ending the cycle of homelessness for her family.
Through the help of the Coalition’s partner agencies in Glenwood Springs, “Silver” was connected to the healthcare he needed, with a safe place to heal and recover. After living in a truck camper for the last seven years, he was finally able to leave homelessness behind and move into a home of his own.

Our Stories

A woman is assaulted or beaten every 9 seconds in the United States. Across the country, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have suffered physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner. In Colorado, domestic violence programs are overburdened and under resourced—163 victims were turned away in 2014 due to lack of resources. - Read More