YOUTH IN COMMUNITY SERVICE

We would like to be a part of the prevention of homelessness in Denver through a strategic involvement with our community's youth. CHCS recognizes that many of the problems of homelessness - unemployment, lack of family support, mental illness and substance abuse - are beyond the mending power of a hot meal.

Our vision is to develop impressionable young students as volunteers in a long-term community outreach program. The strategy is to thoroughly expose an ever-expanding base of Denver children to homelessness and community service. With a student's early experience in helping others it is our convicition that they will mature into a force for dealing with this and other thorny community issues.

We have a standing mutual commitment with Kent Denver, St. Anne's and Graland schools to send their 6th and 7th grades to volunteer at our largest site throughout the school year. Every week a rotating one-quarter of the class arrives to serve the lunch and clean up afterward. Their skill with brooms and mops is secondary to the hospitality that they dispense to hungry clients. This interaction and the respect we foster are the foundation for positive community involvement in the future.

 

Capitol Hill Community Services, 3615 S. Hudson St., #206, Englewood, CO 80110 - (303) 847-8239

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