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CDHS Refugee Services Program Awarded $600,000 Federal Grant

posted Oct 5, 2016, 10:06 AM by Nicole Grabowski - CDHS
DENVER (Oct. 5, 2016) – The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) announced today that its Refugee Services Program has been awarded a $600,000 grant through the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement. The grant provides $200,000 in funding per year for three years.

This grant will expand the African Community Center’s We Made This program, allowing the Colorado Refugee Services Program to enhance employment training and social adjustment services for newly arriving refugee women.

Employable refugee women make up almost half of the refugee population arriving in Colorado. They are often single mothers, and sometimes have additional barriers to self-sufficiency, such as a lack of formal education or inability to access affordable childcare.

“This grant will increase the We Made This program’s capacity to serve,” said Kit Taintor, state refugee coordinator. “With these funds, we will be better positioned to improve economic security for individuals and families and create meaningful social networking opportunities for refugee women from all over the world.” 

Since 2009, We Made This has helped hundreds of refugees work toward economic security and integration. The program empowers refugee women through a curriculum that combines employment skills and social and cultural adjustment services. We Made This provides sewing training as well as vocational skills such as sewing and entrepreneurial competency, production and sales knowledge, and financial literacy. The program also engages participants in psychosocial and support services such as therapeutic art, weekly ‘tea time’ talking
groups, and team building activities.

The program also sells products made by refugee community members. To support the efforts of the We Made This program, visit their shop at the African Community Center of Denver (5250 Leetsdale Dr. Suite 200, in Denver), or visit their booth at the South Pearl Street Farmers Market on Sundays through November 13. Additionally, you can support graduates of the programs at local shops such as Knotty Tie (926 W. 10th St, Denver, or, which hires many We Made This-trained clients. 
Nicole Grabowski - CDHS,
Oct 5, 2016, 10:06 AM