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7 Habits of Highly Effective Parolees–A Franklin Covey Certified Course

Next class begins Summer of 2022!

Denver Metro, Southeast

7 Habits of Highly Effective Parolees is a class offered in the community to anyone with a CDOC number. You can be on parole, as the name indicates, but you can also be on ISP-I, in a halfway house, or you can have discharged your number. The class is offered once a week, usually from 6-9pm, and during the pandemic, via Zoom. 7 Habits of Highly Effective Parolees is about character development that leads to effective leadership in all areas of your life. 7 Habits is voluntary, not mandatory. It's also a commitment for the entire ten weeks, and to earn the Franklin Covey Certificate, you're expected to attend every class and meet the course's other benchmarks. 7 Habits is not behavior modification or a way to get off parole early. You must register for the class by email at 7habitsparolees@gmail.com. The next class starts summer of 2022, and runs through Fall. When registering for the course, please provide your full name, DOC number, and parole office location. The website link is for the required textbook. (Post-pandemic, classes will resume in person in Denver and Colorado Springs.)

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A Stronger Cord

various locations in Arvada, Denver, Englewood, Littleton, Sheridan; see Events on website for more info

Denver Metro

A Stronger Cord is a faith-based organization that provides men and women on the "comeback trail" with opportunities to connect around working out. The nonprofit encourages three pillars of health: physical fitness, healthy relationships, and service to others. Locations and hours vary so you'll need to check out the Events tab on their website for this information. Call 303-667-5957 or email mark@seekvictory.com to learn more. Check their calendar for upcoming events.

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Abundance Foundation Inc.

Getting outside and connecting in community is what this is all about. Abundance Foundation is aimed at getting people living together in a healthy sober environment and also having fun together as much as possible. Hiking, Biking, Workouts (Phoenix Multisport), Paddle boarding, Ski/Snowboard, Camping, BBQ’s, Softball Leagues, Volleyball Leagues and much more! Sign up to get connected to a peer recovery coach.

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Addict 2 Athlete

2101 E. Evans Ave. Pueblo CO 81004

Southeast

Pueblo

Addict 2 Athlete is a peer driven support group that focuses on Active Recovery as a free service to anyone who wants to participate. They incorporate 12 Steps to Rational Recovery in their sessions. Addict 2 Athlete is designed to not just combat addiction, but all compulsive behaviors. Such as alcohol, drugs, food, smoking, sex/porn, gambling and hoarding. The meetings consist of a half hour support group followed by a half hour of exercise, and our workouts are designed for beginners as well as elite athletes.

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CHOW

280 E 1st Ave #1969 Broomfield, CO 80038

Denver Metro

Broomfield

CHOW is an organization of individuals employed in the hospitality industry who support each others’ mental wellness through shared stories, learned skills and available resources. They promote a culture that welcomes conversations towards empathy, healing, and community. Anyone in the industry is welcome to attend their virtual and in-person meetings. They recognize the importance of mental health and look towards creating healthy avenues towards building awareness. Whether it's good or bad, they want to talk about it.

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Circles Project: Purpose through Connections

Statewide

The Circles Project hosts restorative justice community-building circles. Each circle is designed to be welcoming and accessible to people new to the restorative justice community, as well as the members who regularly participate. You can even win cool prizes just for showing up! Circles are held virtually every two weeks. Click on the website link, then scroll down to The Circles Project/Virtual Edition. There is a link where you can click to register for an upcoming circle. Call the number below or write cocirclesproject@gmail.com for more info.

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Community Recreation Centers

Statewide

Community recreation centers are a place where you can get your body (and your mind) in better condition. You can work out, take a class, take a shower (some have saunas!), and just take care of yourself. There isn't a statewide list of recreation centers for us to link to, so we suggest that you search online using the phrase "rec center near me." Your computer or smart phone will locate the closest community rec centers with links to their websites. There is a small fee for non-members. Be sure to ask.

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Denver Dream Center

2839 W 44 Avenue, Denver CO 80211

Denver Metro

Denver

Denver Dream Center provides multiple programs that revolve around helping returning citizens become prosocial members of the community. The THRIVE program, which is a re-entry ministry that helps men return to their community, is a great opportunity to have reentry support. They offer bible studies, and a number of other programs. For their clients, they provide help re-establishing family connections, help getting a job, and connections to health care. They also offer volunteer opportunities, character development classes, and a food, clothing and household item bank called Dream Closet. Their Families in Transition (FIT) program supports single moms.

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Elevate Runners Group

Denver metro

Interested in running for recovery? Elevate Recovery Homes sponsors a running group that meets on a regular basis. Click on the link for meetup.com to learn more. Runs are in the Denver metro area and usually 4-8 not-too-intense miles followed by coffee/food to discuss recovery, fitness, and more. Call 303-358-1799 for more info.

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Every Day Improving Youth Lives (EDIYL)

Denver metro

EDIYL (pronounced idle), improves the lives of youth in the Denver area. Through mentoring, groups and classes, and activities, EDIYL works to inspire and empower youth to have a better life. EDIYL also provides parenting classes and academic support. Call the number below or email everydayimprovingyouthlives@gmail.com to find out more and get involved in their programs.

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House of Purpose Church

1470 Jersey St Denver, CO 80220

Denver Metro

Denver

House of Purpose Church is a Christian church located inside the Disabled American Veterans Building. The mission of House of Purpose is to resurrect the purpose, passion, and dreams of individuals in the community and also to serve those who have served. Its founder, Pastor David Buckner, has always had a heart for veterans, and he ministers weekly at the VA hospital in addition to the church services. In addition, as an avid motorcycle rider, David is an active member of the Christian Riders Motorcycle Ministry. Sermons may be listened from the website and are also on YouTube.

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Men of Vision Colorado

Statewide

Men of Vision Colorado, is passionate about working with individuals and organizations to reduce recidivism by assisting men to gain personal awareness, create alignment with their goals, & make needed adjustments to thrive and live life successfully. Through life enrichment sessions, individuals are provided successful navigation towards obtaining the lives they envision for themselves. From bars to business is a life enrichment service that helps empower those coming out of the system. Contact Dwayne Roberts for more information on coaching opportunities and upcoming events at info.movincco@gmail.com

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Mindfulness Peace Project

Statewide

The Mindfulness Peace Project (MPP) offers several programs integrating mindfulness and meditation to people in very difficult situations. Its mission is to cultivate the fundamental sanity and dignity in individuals. MPP offers the Ratna Peace Initiative for incarcerated men and women looking for resources, study materials, and instruction in Buddhism and meditation; it has a secular mindfulness program for military veterans called Veterans Peace of Mind as well as a secular mindfulness course for inmates in solitary confinement. You may email info@mindfulnesspeaceproject.org or write them at address below. Click on the website link for more information.

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ParadigmONE Recovery Community Center

16736 E Illif Ave. Aurora, CO 80013

Denver Metro

Aurora

ParadigmONE is a one of a kind non-profit Recovery Community Center. They have a fully equipped gym with boxing ring, weights and more and professional martial arts and fitness trainers on staff. They also have an art program that includes a variety of art forms such as graffiti art and painting, a spiritual program where people can gather to grow in their faith, and a large community area that can be used for cool events and sober parties or meetings. They offer training in boxing, fitness, weight lifting, art, as well as provide recovery coaching, sober gatherings and events, life skills training, community reentry services, job placement, spiritual mentoring, mental health support, and more! Their vision (or paradigm) is that we are all ONE and that people who are looking for a new way of life can come and have fun, workout, spar, do art and express themselves in a positive way in order to unite, make new friends, build new habits, improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. ParadigmONE was founded and is run by a group of individuals that are currently heavily immersed in the Colorado recovery movement and are looking to expand proven strategies. ParadigmONE is located behind Midas Carwash, next door to the Buckeye AA Club. You can locate their calendar of events on their website.

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Realness Project

Statewide

Realness Project provides workshops and materials inside prisons and jails to help people learn how to manage conflict "with finesse" and to develop the capacity to create authentic relationships. Realness Project sponsors monthly online meetings for folks released from incarceration. Follow their Facebook page for alerts to these meetings and log-on info.

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Redemption Road Crossfit

Program Outside the Prisons!

Statewide

Redemption Road Crossfit has been operating inside several of Colorado's prisons since February of 2017. You may have heard of them or even been in one of the classes. The great news is they're starting up classes on the outside! All are welcome to connect for a Crossfit workout. Everyone is welcome! The only qualification is having been incarcerated at some point in your life. Watch this space for more information as they develop their programs. To get started, email kalena@rf2.org. They are currently partnering with The Phoenix gyms for locations.

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Shanah City Church

380 S Potomac St. Ste. 120 Aurora, CO 80012

Denver Metro

Denver

Shanah City Church is a nondenominational Christian church located in Denver. The church provides services and a spiritual community every Friday at 7pm and Sunday at 10am. All are welcome, regardless of your religious background. A Daily Word by Pastor Zaq Nombre is available on the website. The video link will take you to their YouTube channel where sermons are posted.

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Side By Side

statewide

Side By Side provides post-release coaching as you're coming out of jail or prison. Coaching helps you identify your biggest goals, overcome any challenges you're facing, and identify the actions you need to take to achieve your vision for your life. It's all one-on-one and individualized to your life and goals. You can contact Side By Side at 720-712-1592 or info@sbstogether.org. If they don't answer, leave a voicemail and Side By Side will get back to you as soon as possible!

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Sober AF Entertainment

Sober AF Entertainment is a voice for the sober community by creating Sober Sections at non-sober events. They help to promote sober sections, sober tailgates and sober support event groups at non-sober events. From sports to music, they help promote safe spaces for those who live in sobriety. They also make great connections between community members and sober support groups. They have been doing amazing work in educating the community about the significance of Sober Sections at events. Visit the website to see what events are on the calendar or if you want Sober AF Entertainment at your next event.

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The Crowley Foundation

Youth Educational and Mentoring Opportunities

Denver metro

Denver

The Crowley Foundation helps to connect & building young men by providing educational opportunities through academic instruction, life skills, social/emotional learning, relationship building & career exploration. They foster empowerment by providing leadership development programs, promoting artistic expression as well as healthy lifestyles. Many of the services are after school programs and hands on workshops. If you would like to become one of their graduates, apply on their website.

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The Phoenix

2239 Champa Street Denver, CO 80205

Various Events at Multiple Locations

Statewide

Denver

The Phoenix is a sober active community for people recovering from a substance use disorder and those choosing to live a sober lifestyle. The only requirement for membership is 48 hours of continuous sobriety. After that all the events are free. They ask that all members follow the community standards and treat each other with respect and understanding. The events offered include climbing, hiking, running, strength training, yoga, mountain and road biking, and other social activities. All the equipment and instruction are provided. They have locations in Denver (which we link to using google maps) Colorado Springs, and partner with several gyms throughout Colorado. The Phoenix is also nationwide, with chapters in many states across the country. They offer in person local events, virtual live streaming events, as well as on-demand recorded workouts. Click on the website to learn more.

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Yoga and Meditation with Garry Appel

Statewide

The practices of yoga and meditation are part of taking care of yourself, especially now. Garry Appel is a Denver-based yoga instructor and my favorite teacher. No frills, no special clothes, just you following along with his instructions in yoga or meditation. Click on the website link to listen to the Yoga Nidra guided meditation classes. (His guided meditations are also available on the app Insight Timer. Download the app and search by the name Garry Appel. You can use the free version of Insight Timer to listen to Garry.) Click on the video link to get started doing yoga. Each class is about one hour long and usually begins with a few minutes of breathing practice.

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