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July 2018
A Note from CEO, and President, Dr. Harriet Hall
Dear Partners and Friends,

Wow, where has the time gone? It was last March that the Jefferson Center Board announced that Kiara Kuenzler would be the new CEO of Jefferson Center, and I shared that I would be stepping down as CEO in mid-July... and now it seems like every day I am going to my last meeting of this or that group that I have attended regularly. While it is feeling bittersweet, I am also very excited to be working with Kiara who will be our new CEO. The more we work together, the clearer it is that the leadership of this incredible organization will be in excellent hands! You'll be hearing from Kiara later this summer. 

I want thank those of you who attended the Center's 60th  Anniversary Gala last month. I was so humbled to be honored by all of you! As CEO of Jefferson Center for the past 34 years I have been proud to lead this center and blessed to have been able to work beside such a talented, committed and passionate group of staff. I have also been honored to work with incredible people in the community at various organizations to increase access to services for those in need and to help create a healthy community.  It has been a privilege and has brought me many rewards.

There is only one reason we do this wonderful work - to make lives better for those individuals and their families who suffer with mental health problems and substance use disorders. That's why I'm glad I don't have to say goodbye yet. I will have a new part-time role at Jefferson Center supporting our work related to strategic planning and partnerships and supporting the Center down at the legislature during the next legislative session.

But first, I am going to take off on a long needed vacation with my husband. We are travelling in our RV (named Hildeway) to Alaska, hauling our new electric bicycles, and seeing the surrounding sites on the way and back during our 5 week trip. So, thank you all for your support and friendship these past many years and...see ya later!

- Harriet 
Create a Culture of Health & Wellness at Work!
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Interested in creating  a culture of health & wellness at your workplace? We offer a wide selection of private classes for organizations to support their employees whole health on the job. 

Mental Health First Aid

Do you want to help your employees recognize a range of mental health problems and gain the skills and confidence to help someone in a mental health crisis? Mental Health First Aid offers a concrete action plan to help someone in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer and self-help care. The course will provide useful skills in both personal and professional settings for all employees. For more information around booking a private corporate class, please contact Mental Health First Aid Coordinator, Canice Rupp, at

Speaker's Bureau 

The Speaker's Bureau at Jefferson Center shares our resources and knowledge free of charge with businesses, civic clubs, church groups, schools, and other organizations in our area. We'll share information on a wide range of mental health topics by mental health therapists, executives and other experts in the field. Allow us to develop a presentation in your area of interest or choose from a variety of topics such as: Managing Life Stresses, Understanding the Effects of Trauma, Suicide Prevention and more. Contact Marketing Assistant, Melissa Strohfus, for more information at

Wellness Classes 

We offer classes such as Gentle Yoga, Mindfulness 101, Taming the Anxious Mind and more. To learn more about our offerings and how we can work with you to provide wellness solutions for your employees, please contact Director of Wellness Services at Jefferson Center, Shannon Gawash, at .
Storytellers of Jefferson Center
Vicki Mackenzie - Human Resources Manager & Veteran Services Pioneer
In celebration of our 60th year, we are reminiscing with employees and others who have been involved with Jefferson Center over the years. 

How long have you been here and what was it like when you started?

I have worked for Jefferson Center for twenty years. When I first started here back in 1997, I was part of the Summit Center team, the vocational clubhouse program. The Clubhouse model at Summit Center, involved inviting members (in the Clubhouse model, consumers are called members) to Summit Center to manage all the operations of the program. This involved staff and members working side-by-side as colleagues, to build confidence and strengthen work skills, with the hope of getting members into a paid Transitional Employment Placement (TEP) in the community. I had the privilege of working as a job coach teaching members their new positions at Coors Brewery, Lakewood Library and at the Kong Pet Toy Company in Golden.

Join us for the 9th Annual Putt Your Stuff!
Prizes, Food, Face Painting & Fun! 
Our 9
th Annual Putt Your Stuff for Mental Health miniature  golf  tournament will take place on  Thursday, July 26  at Putter's Pride Mini Golf in Lakewood, CO.

Golf for the greater good as you enjoy a fun night out with friends and family. Prizes are awarded for top scores and best team golf attire! 

Visit our website for more information and to register your team:

Interested in supporting Putt Your Stuff? Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Contact Claire at 303-432-5034 for more information.

Jefferson Center is a nonprofit, community-focused mental health care and substance use services provider. We offer hope and support to individuals and families who are struggling with mental health issues and substance use disorders.
Serving our community is at the core of everything we do.

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