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Douglas/Elbert Task Force
The Douglas/Elbert Task Force
The Douglas/Elbert Task Force is a 501(c)3 non-profit human service organization dedicated to providing assistance to people in Douglas and Elbert County who are in serious economic need, at risk of homelessness, or in a similar crisis. We address immediate needs by consistently providing counseling, food and other necessities for homeless, low income and the working poor people in our community. We concentrate on the causes of hunger by actively working on issues that affect the newly underemployed, the unemployed and those on fixed incomes, disabled and the elderly. We meet these challenges with over 230 volunteers, two full-time and nine part-time staff. Each client receives one-on-one counseling. We provide quality screening, service delivery and meaningful referrals for clients. Task Force client walk-in client service hours are 9 am-12 pm, M-F.
In fiscal year January – December 2013, we served 14,740 people. Over 6,000 or 41% of the people we served are children! People who are in crisis operate under incredible stress. Having a calm, warm, quiet place to come, and being greeted and made welcome by a smiling volunteer immediately diffuses some of that stress. For the kids, we provide an airy, quiet space with room for them to play safely. Having the opportunity to be listened to and to be heard by staff who not only understand but who can often make a difference that day is an incredible relief, particularly for clients with children. We go through many, many boxes of tissues, and hugs are given liberally at the Task Force.
Brief History: in 1984, local parishioners of several Castle Rock churches joined forces to create a centralized location to send people in need. The founders also wanted to encourage volunteerism by providing opportunities for the members of their congregations to become directly involved with the needs in their communities.
2013 Impact Statistics
Food and Toiletries: approximately 86% of our clients receive these basic services. We also provide diapers, formula, and special dietary items. We also distributed $761,491 in food, hygiene and household supplies.
We conduct two off-site Food Banks monthly at low-income senior housing units, providing approximately $75,000 of food/hygiene assistance per year to senior citizens in need.
Housing Assistance: we assist clients who present eviction or foreclosure notices with up to $250 in financial assistance in order to prevent homelessness, and help clients with security deposits to obtain new living arrangements. We provided $56,624 in assistance for 214 households.
Utility Assistance: we provide utility assistance (heat, electric, water) to clients with shut-off notices. We provided $157,007 in assistance for 595 households.
Emergency Overnight Lodging: in conjunction with the Police and Sheriff’s Departments, we provide a total of $18,839 in vouchers for two to nine nights lodging for homeless or transient individuals and families.
Clothing, Household Items: clients may “shop” for free in Treasures on Park Street for clothing and shoes, household items and furniture. We distributed almost 39,000 items from Treasures valued at $116,998.
ID Documentation: we assisted clients in securing the documentation needed for housing applications, school and social services including Colorado State IDs, birth certificates, police records, etc.
Information and Referral: staff and volunteers made thousands of referrals connecting clients to other agencies and resources to provide long-term solutions to problems.
Santa’s Sharing: this program sponsored 195 families with the support of community individuals and organizations for the holidays in 2013. Donors provided gift cards and approximately 3,500 toys. Parents may also use our Toy Chest (Birthday Room) year round if they cannot afford birthday gifts for their children, or if their child needs a new gift to attend another’s birthday party.
Treasures on Park Street: Our thrift store accepts donations of new and gently used merchandise for resale. Proceeds help fund our programs and remain in our community. Treasures on Park Street revenues were $363,964 –revenue returned to our neighbors!
Task Force Volunteers: provided 30,759.5 hours of service, valued at $681,015, the equivalent of 23 full-time staff. Community Service Volunteers contributed an additional 3,688.5 hours, valued at $36,885, the equivalent of 1.2 full-time staff.
Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum is an educational, non-profit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. Its holdings reflect the city and region—and provide invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the world. Denver metro citizens support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts, culture and scientific organizations. For museum information, call 720-865-5000 or visit
The Denver Art Museum is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, with a collection of more than 70,000 works of art divided between 10 permanent collections including African, American Indian, Asian, European and American, modern and contemporary, pre-Columbian, photography, Spanish Colonial, textile, and western American art.
Founded in 1893 as the Denver Artists' Club, the Denver Art Museum has had a number of temporary homes, from the public library and a downtown mansion to a portion of the Denver City and County Building. The museum opened our own galleries on
14th Avenue Parkway in 1949, and a center for children's art activities was added in the early
1950s. In 1971 the museum opened the 24-sided, two-towered North Building by
Ponti in collaboration with James
Sudler Associates of Denver. Over one million faceted, shimmering gray tiles,
developed by Dow Corning, provide cladding for the radical seven-story structure. This architectural icon remains the only completed project in the United States by this important Italian master of modern design.
This bold tradition continued with the selection in 2000 of the architect Daniel Libeskind. The 146,000-square-foot Frederic C. Hamilton Building, a joint venture of Daniel Libeskind and Denver-based Davis Partnership Architects, is situated directly south of the North Building. Libeskind's design, referential to the original Ponti building, recalls not only the mountain peaks that provide a powerful backdrop for the city, but the intricate and geometric rock crystals found in the foothills of the Rockies. A sharply cantilevered section of the Hamilton Building juts across the street towards the North Building above an enclosed steel-and-glass bridge that links the two structures.
On October 7, 2006, the Denver Art Museum nearly doubled in size when we opened one of the country's most unique structures. The Frederic C. Hamilton Building includes new galleries for its permanent collection, three temporary exhibition spaces, art storage, and public amenities. The entire museum complex totals more than 350,000 square feet and serves as an architectural landmark for the city of Denver and the surrounding region.
The Denver Art Museum has been a leader in educational programming for more than two decades. The family-friendly approach is fully integrated into the galleries through a unique partnership between curators, designers, and educators for each discipline. This collaboration is present in both the North and Hamilton buildings.
A trailblazer in creating innovative opportunities that encourage visitors to interact with the collection, the museum is also known internationally for the way we help our visitors explore art and their own creativity.
Donor Alliance, Inc.
Donor Alliance is the federally-designated, Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) accredited, non-profit organ procurement organization serving Colorado and most of Wyoming. As a recognized leader in facilitating the donation and recovery of transplantable organs and tissues, Donor Alliance's mission is to save lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. To achieve this mission, Donor Alliance employs effective family approach and recovery programs in more than 100 hospitals. Donor Alliance also inspires the public to register as organ and tissue donors through community partnerships, public outreach and education campaigns throughout its donation service area.