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2018 Summer Update

Labor Day weekend signals the end of Summer for many Americans. Though Fall does not officially begin until the Autumnal Equinox on September 21, our society has begun its shift into a new season. School is starting. Regular rhythms are returning. It's a time to transition into new days of life, work, and community.

For our sisters and brothers on the streets, this shift towards a new season may signal a welcome end to some of the long hot summer days and the sunburn associated with those days. It means the nights are growing a bit longer, the mornings a bit cooler. This break from the heat may be welcome for now, but it also signals the reality that winter is coming. It won’t be warm forever. For our friends on the streets, a new season may also mean an increase in sweeps along the river and throughout downtown, as police move in to break up some of the encampments that have grown as people gathered together to survive throughout these summer months.

As the summer season draws to a close, we wanted to take a minute to look back on all that has occurred in the life of our organization over these last few months. Despite the setback incurred from the historic preservation commission’s ruling on the Womens’ Village at St. Andrews, summer has been an amazing season of growth for CVC. We have grown our staff, celebrated the first anniversary of Beloved Community Village, been all over the news, and seen support and energy for self-governed tiny home villages expand!

As this season concludes, we feel more prepared for what is ahead of us this fall and winter. In December we will be moving the Beloved Community Village to a new site, and that move will coincide with the construction of a new and improved community space for BCV! Simultaneously, we are aiming to provide home and community for 8 Women and members of the LGBTQ/Transgender Community in the forthcoming Women's Village this Winter.

Please stay tuned for announcements relating to both of these projects in the coming weeks. Below, please find several exciting updates from CVC from the Summer of 2018 and enjoy the end to your summer days.

Onward!
-Colorado Village Collaborative

 

Our staff is growing!

Breigh Jones is a doctoral candidate in Psychology at the University of Denver. She grew up in Memphis, TN and was a member of the Track and Field team at Austin Peay State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Breigh is a powerful woman who has Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs tattooed on her arm. We're excited to have Breigh working as a Village Organizer with CVC!
Laura Goldhamer is a longtime artist and activist from Denver, Colorado. Laura is an experienced organizer and movement builder and the recipient of Westword's MasterMind Award in 2010, a program which honors "cultural visionaries working to change the cultural landscape in Denver." Laura is a visionary leader and we are excited to have her working as a Village Organizer with CVC!

We're in the news... Big Time!

The one year anniversary of the Beloved Community Village, and the release of the University of Denver's evaluation of the village brought on a Front Page story from the Denver Post, along with the chance to hear our voices on Colorado Public Radio!

Congregational Partners Support Tiny Home Villages!

Fireside Christian Church rallied around the life of their beloved Doretta Philpot to offer her a living memorial in her final days. Doretta was an LGBTQ woman of faith, and a lifelong advocate for those on the margins of society. In Denver, she was connected with Delores Project, Colfax Community Network, Mother to Mother Ministries, the Beloved Community Village and more. Doretta passed away on June 18, 2018. In her final days, and since her passing, her congregation has raised over $30,000 -- enough to cover the material costs of three homes in the Womens' Village!
Women Bridging Borders is a women's group from First Mennonite Church of Denver whose mission is, "To learn about challenges facing marginalized women, to connect with those in need, and to create opportunities for all to become empowered to act." On June 30, Women Bridging Borders partnered with CVC to host a fundraiser event in support of the forthcoming Women's Village. Over 100 people showed up that evening, and $11,335 were raised -- enough to cover the material costs of one home in the forthcoming Womens' Village!

Redline + CVC Collab turns out Yo-Yo-Ma!

In My Back Yard, is a collaborative project between RedLine and CVC that intends to demonstrate the creativity and vitality flowing out of life in tiny home villages. Together, the organizations partnered to build a tiny home on wheels that can be utilized for educational and advocacy purposes. On August 2, the greatest cellist in the world showed us the kind of beauty that emerges from these communities when he played from the stage of our mobile unit as part of his "Bach Project Culture in Action" series.

Connect with CVC

Second Tuesday Potluck at BCV  - On the Second Tuesday of every month, the Beloved Community Village hosts a potluck dinner from 5:30-6:30pm. This is an opportunity to connect directly to the village residents, hear updates from the village, and find ways to support the village on an ongoing basis. The next Second Tuesday Potluck will be on Tuesday, September 11 at 5:30pm. Join us and bring a dish to share! Learn more on Facebook.

"The Village" at Grandoozy - We have been invited to participate in the Grandoozy Festival from September 14-16. This event will feature performances by Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, Florence and the Machines and More. If you are planning to attend the festival, please drop by our tent in the Grandoozy Nonprofit Experience. Learn more here.
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Denver, CO 80203

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