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SAFE versus Therapeutic Visitations Panel Discussion And Happy Hour

What’s the difference between SAFE versus Therapeutic Visitations?

What are the indicators for SAFE Visitations?

What are the benefits of Therapeutic Visitations?

We are frequently asked these questions and also find that many in our community are not aware of that there are different choices for supervised visits.

We invite you to learn more about this topic and to enjoy a happy hour refreshment. There will be a panel discussion featuring Emily Sweetwine, MSW and Dr. Sara Amodio. This is a great opportunity to explore this topic so you can better serve your clients and to get your questions answered.

Please join us!

When: Thursday October 6
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Children First of the Rockies, 2130 Mountain View Ave, Longmont  CO 80501
R.S.V.P. by October 1st to info@ccfor.org

Thank you Bank of Colorado for sponsoring this event.

Bank of Colorado

 

Our 1st Happy Hour Event At Left Hand Was A Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone who showed up for our 1st Happy Hour Event at Left Hand Brewing Company! Everyone who came enjoyed a free beer from Left Hand and an excellent networking opportunity. A special thanks goes out to Left Hand Brewing Company for helping to sponsor this event. Stay tuned for our next Happy Hour Event…hope to see you there!

Announcing our 2016 Farm-To-Table Dinner

fundraising dinner | Children First of the Rockies | supervised visitsWe are excited to announce our annual fundraiser event! Our 4th Annual Farm-To-Table dinner is on Friday, September 9, at 6:00 p.m. and will be at the gorgeous Lone Hawk Farm in the heart of Boulder County’s farming community. With views of open fields and the Front Range, we think you couldn’t find a more idyllic setting to enjoy good company, and good wholesome food while supporting the vital work of Children First.

This year, we’re partnering with Bay Windows Catering to create our sumptuous feast and they’ll be working closely with Lone Hawk Farm to craft dishes from the day’s harvest featuring fresh organic produce straight from the fields.

Tickets are $85 per person covering dinner, two alcoholic beverages, and soft drinks. There will be a cash bar. $35 of each ticket goes to supporting much needed services and may be tax-deductible. There’ll also be door prizes.

Get your tickets now through Eventbrite.

Got a question? Email Sherie Munoz at SherieM@ccfor.org.

Join Us For Dinner And A Show!

Who doesn’t love dinner and a show? Please join us for our Winter fundraiser at Longmont’s Jesters Theatre on Sunday February 28, 2016 at 6 p.m. for the classic Little Women based on the book by Louise May Alcott. This is a family-friendly show so bring the kids!

Tickets are $50 per person of which $30 comes directly to Children First to support our programs and may be tax-deductible for you. Tickets are available now through Eventbrite.

To give you some idea of what this means to us, each SAFE Services family exchange costs about $25. We are on track for over 800 supervised exchanges and 1,100 supervised visits during 2015. While some of our families do have the financial resources to cover the cost, many don’t. It’s through support like yours that these families are able to utilize our services.

Thank You For Supporting Us On Colorado Gives Day!

Colorado Gives Day | Children First of the RockiesThank you for your support for Children First of the Rockies on Colorado Gives Day.

This is our second year participating and while we don’t have final numbers yet, and we don’t know our share of the $1 Million Incentive Fund, we’ve received over $4,200 in donations. This will help enormously with the one-time expenses associated with our upcoming move.

Thank you, thank you for your support and all that you do for Children First.

Come Visit Us At Lucky’s!

CFOR | Children First of the Rockies

As one of the lucky participants in the Bags For Change program at Lucky’s Market, Longmont, we’ll be at the store again this Saturday, November 14 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. handing out reuseable grocery bags and helping with some fun activities for children. We’d love you to stop by and say hello.

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Support Us On Colorado Gives Day!

Colorado Gives Day | Children First of the Rockies

Colorado’s largest one-day online giving event, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank is coming up and we’d love your support.

On Tuesday, December 8, thousands of donors will unite to support Colorado nonprofits like ours. Last year, a record-breaking $26.2 million was distributed to Colorado nonprofits. It was our first year participating so we set our goal at $2,000 and thanks to your support we blew past that goal and raised more than $6,000. Wow!

This year we’re setting our goal at $8,000! Yes, that’s a big increase over last year but with a growing community of supporters we think we can do it. And … in case you haven’t heard, we are working on a move to a new facility and are anticipating the following expenses:

  • Renovation expenses for the new facility possibly including two bathrooms and a kitchenette, in addition to a fresh coat of paint,
  • New furniture including a workstation, office chair, filing cabinet, and reception area chairs, and
  • Moving expenses incurred in relocating from our present facility.

You’ve probably moved before and you know firsthand about these expenses. You know what we’re talking about.

So we’re asking for your support in meeting our goal and there are a couple of ways you can help.

First, you can make a donation and believe us, any amount will help. This is always true but even more so with Colorado Gives Day because there is a $1 Million Incentive Fund. When you make a donation of any size, we’ll receive a portion of this fund which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Check out our donation page on ColoradoGives.org. There’s no need to wait until December 8 to take action. You can go there right now and schedule your donation for December 8.

Second, you can tell your friends and family members, even those who are out-of-state and out-of-country about Colorado Gives Day by sharing the link to Children First on Colorado Gives with them. An easy way to do that is simply to share this post with them or tell them to go to ColoradoGives.org and search for Children First.

Please be assured that however choose to support us on Colorado Gives Day you’ll be helping us continue to foster parent-child relationships in a safe and supportive environment.

P.S. Have you heard of the national #GivingTuesday event? It’s on December 1 so if you want to support both events, on December 1 you can go to our ColoradoGives page and schedule your donation for December 8. How easy is that!

3rd Annual Farm-To-Table Dinner Is A Success!

We’d like to thank all of our supporters for making our 3rd annual Farm-To-Table dinner a huge success. With 110 guests attending, the event was almost 50 percent bigger than last year.

Chef Justin and Ollins Farms created a sumptuous feast with mozzarella and tomatoes, eggplant tapenade and melon soup for appetizers followed by salad, green beans, roasted squash with roast chicken and steak with peppers. Delicious carrot cake cupcakes followed for those who left room for dessert.

Deputy District Attorney, Tim Johnson, gave the keynote address sharing a story of a family he worked with early in his career.  Mr.  Johnson got involved with the family after a domestic violence incident and as a consequence parenting exchanges were to be conducted at the local police station. After a few exchanges Johnson asked the daughter how things were going. She said they were better but asked if they had to meet at the police station because the officer there always looked angry and carried a gun. This story reinforces why the services that Children First provides are so essential to our community.

With almost $3,000 in door prizes, many of our guests left the dinner with an unexpected gift.

We truly appreciate the support for this event from everyone: the event sponsors, the local businesses who made in-kind donations and door prizes, donors and the people who responded to our donation ask in support of our upcoming relocation.

If you’d like to get more involved or just learn more about Children First and our services, please contact us.

Photo credit: Photos courtesy of Dave Grosser

Join Us For Our 3rd Annual Farm-To-Table Dinner

Supervised parenting time | supervised parenting exchanges | Children First of the Rockies

Please join us for our 3rd Annual Farm To Table dinner on Saturday, September 19, at 5:30 p.m. at picturesque Ollin Farms in Longmont.

This is a perfect setting to enjoy good company, good wholesome food prepared fresh from the farm by Chef Justin of Niwot, while listening to musicians Flynn & Co.

The farm-to-table movement is one of the biggest trends in the culinary world offering a healthier and more environmentally friendly alternative to other forms of dining. If you haven’t experienced this style of dining yet, you are in for a treat.

For our dinner, Chef Justin will be working with Kena and Mark Guttridge of Ollin Farms, planning our menu around the very best produce available from the farm that weekend. That’s why we can’t tell you what’s on the menu. We won’t know until just a few days beforehand and how cool is that?

Tickets are $75 per person covering dinner and refreshments (wine, beer, soft drinks). $25 of each ticket goes to supporting much needed services and may be tax-deductible.

Last year, this event sold out, and while we have increased capacity … don’t wait … get your friends together and get your tickets now through Eventbrite.

Got a question? Email Sherie Munoz at SherieM@ccfor.org.

Children First Appoints A New Executive Director

After more than four years leading Children First of the Rockies our Executive Director Robin Menschenfreund  has elected to move into a part-time position with the agency. Effective July 1, she will assume the newly created position of Associate Executive Director and will be responsible for grants and financial management.

We are pleased to announce that Sherie Munoz will be Executive Director effective July 1, 2015. Sherie brings over twenty years of experience in the Colorado non-profit community as both a volunteer and a professional and thrives on championing causes for children, youth and families.

I look forward to building on the success of CFOR’s existing programs, exploring new opportunities to strengthen families and, by extension, creating extraordinary impact for our community ~ Sherie Munoz