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Thirty-five years ago, when Lisa Steven and Amie Walton met while assisting in a support group for teen parents like themselves, they were shocked to see how so many of the girls lived in fear, shame, hunger or pain — even in their own homes. It was even more shocking to discover how many were actually homeless, Steven said.

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The Caring for Denver Foundation continues to put money approved by city voters into improving mental health and fighting substance misuse, announcing $11 million for the its Alternatives to Jail initiative.

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Kline is the national policy director for the nonprofit that advocates simplifying voting and helping state and local governments do it the right way, because until the politics of last year, few if any of Colorado's mail ballots were viewed suspiciously.

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Jesse Ogas knows results aren’t going to come overnight, but the executive director of Firefly Autism is confident that a movement to do for Autism Spectrum Disorders what the Sie and Whitten families have done for Down syndrome is going to change the way the world sees – and funds – this complicated disorder affecting one in every 54 children in Colorado.

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It may not be long until hotel ballrooms buzz with the movers, shakers and policymakers who dutifully donned tuxedos and ball gowns to sip, sup and raise big bucks for hundreds of worthy Colorado causes before the pandemic hit. But virtual events have had their benefits for nonprofit groups, so they might stay around in some fashion.