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Success Thru Connections

Remerg's mentorship program

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Success Thru Connections is Remerg's mentorship program that helps train returning citizens who have entrepreneurial ambitions. Success thru Connections is Remerg's mentoring/incubation program that provides support, guidance, and connections for an annual cohort of formerly incarcerated people. Success thru Connections mentees receive support following their dreams, whether it’s building a small business, starting a nonprofit, developing a product, or working on a career. Through monthly Mastermind Meetings, Success thru Connections mentees check in, share curveballs, create connections, and commit to a follow-up action for the next month. Moral support, connections and a sense of community!

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The Phoenix

2239 Champa Street Denver, CO 80205

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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.

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

Next class begins Summer of 2022!

Denver Metro

Southeast CO

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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A1 Boxing Fitness

14200 E Alameda Ave, Floor 1, Aurora CO 80012

Family Friendly Fitness Gym

Denver Metro

Aurora

A1 Boxing Fitness offers multiple classes that fit everyone's fitness needs. Classes contain boxing, king's muay thai, kick boxing, and overall fitness. There are programs designed specifically for the youth, offering a safe and supportive environment to curate important life building skills including respect, discipline, confidence, self-esteem, goal setting, patience, restraint, persistence, humility, honor and passion. Along with developing these core values, students will learn how to "not sweat the small things"; while having fun and the time of their lives.

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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 CO

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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Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization (AOPYA) Mentoring

2949 Federal Blvd, Denver CO 80211

Denver Metro

Denver

AOPYO Mentoring- Provides one-on-one and group mentoring for youth and young adults in correctional facilities and those who have been involved with the criminal justice system. Our Mentor program meets our participants where they are in life and provides a safe space with a mentor, who to has experienced similar life lessons. Our Mentors are motivated to serve others through personal stories and evidence-based curriculums to provide alternative opportunities for a different path in life. We incorporate our Enrichment programs which include The Apprentice of Peace program which focuses on destigmatizing mental health while positively developing youth and young adults by incorporating leadership, arts, wellness, and skilled trades. Tai Chi for peace program which includes increased coping skills, meditative physical activity, and movement-based therapy. The Career Pathways program aims to equip the youth and young adults with sufficient knowledge about themselves and career development opportunities. Through this program they will gain job-readiness skills and explore career opportunities, this will include activities like resume building, mock interviews, exposure to skilled trades a career and personality quiz, and much more.

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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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Commissary Club

networking app

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Commissary Club is a free app that connects people with records with one another. It's from the people behind 70 Million Jobs.

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Community Recreation Centers

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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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Conflict Center (Restorative Denver Program)

4140 Tejon Street Denver, CO 80211

Denver Metro

Denver

Restorative Denver uses a restorative practice called a community-group conference. Trained facilitators bring together the person harmed (victim), person who caused harm (offender), community members, and support people to discuss what happened, the resulting harm, who was impacted, and how the defendant can repair the harm. The conference results in a contract that the person who caused harm must complete. Once completed, The Conflict Center refers the case back to the DA’s office and the charges are dismissed and the case is sealed.

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Covenant House of Love aka PPS Ministries

PO Box 9727, Denver CO 80209

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Denver

Pastor Polly with Covenant House of Love aka PPS Ministries provides faith-based inner healing for women. Her nonprofit ministry provides help with emotional issues, self-esteem, abandonment, and other forms of trauma. They also provide free workshops, group counseling, resource referrals, and you can call and ask for a prayer.

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Denver Dream Center

2165 Curtis St. Denver, CO 80205

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 Recovery Homes

homes in Englewood, Centennial, and Westminster

Denver Metro

Elevate Recovery Homes provides sober shared living homes for men in Englewood, Centennial, and Westminster. Their mission is to support members in creating a life of purpose and value and believe early sobriety is much more than abstaining from drugs and alcohol. They do this by addressing the whole person, not just the substance use. Elevate provides a safe, supportive, and structured environment focused on helping members develop the independent living skills necessary to successfully transition into a healthier lifestyle. All members are provided access to a gym to encourage fitness, and peer coaches are on staff to build out individualized “Elevation Plans” for each member. Click on the website link to learn more. You may also call their Director of Operation Robby Mitchell at the number below or email him at Robby@elevaterecoveryhomes.com. The cost is $900 a month. There is also a one-time processing fee of $150.

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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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Hazelbrook Community Center

16736 E Illif Ave. Aurora, CO 80013

Recovery Community Center

Denver Metro

Aurora

Hazelbrook Community Center, formerly known as 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. You can locate their calendar of events on their website.

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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

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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

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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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Realness Project

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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!

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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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Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr

https://zehr-institute.org/what-is-rj/

The original restorative justice publication

Restorative justice emerged in the 1970s as an effort to correct some of the weaknesses of the western legal system while building on its strengths. An area of special concern has been the neglect of victims and their needs; legal justice is largely about what to do with offenders. It has also been driven by a desire to hold offenders truly accountable. Recognizing that punishment is often ineffective, restorative justice aims at helping offenders to recognize the harm they have caused and encouraging them to repair the harm, to the extent it is possible. Rather than obsessing about whether offenders get what they deserve, restorative justice focuses on repairing the harm of crime and engaging individuals and community members in the process. Howard Zehr is the grandfather of Restorative Justice, writing a phenomenal book that reshaped the ways we approach justice.

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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

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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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Yoga and Meditation with Garry Appel

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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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