Health Briefs, Oct. 2, 2012

Day Center recognized by foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation’s KaleidosCOpe Project is providing Catholic Outreach’s Day Center with a $5,000 grant.

The KaleidosCOpe Project is a statewide story-telling campaign that awards $5,000 grants to agencies currently receiving funding from the Colorado Health Foundation who submit videos describing how they are using funding to benefit people’s lives. The Day Center uses Colorado Health Foundation and other funding to provide up to 120 homeless people each day with a free place to shower, store belongings, search for jobs, do laundry and receive health services from a rotation of medical professionals and students.

The Day Center’s submission to the KaleidosCOpe Project details the life of a local woman named Mary Jane Sanchez who is able to keep a job, save money for housing and improve her mental and physical help thanks to the Day Center. The video is available on-line at

Two free sessions help grieving people

Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado is hosting two free classes designed to help people support friends and family members who are grieving after a loss.

The first session, “Grief, The Normal Response to Loss,” will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today. The second session, “How to Help Someone Who is Grieving,” will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Both sessions will take place at the Hospice Care Center, 3090 N. 12th St., in Room 102.

Snacks and light refreshments will be served. Call 241-2212 or visit for more information.


Monthly hearing loss meeting Saturday

The free monthly meeting of the Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave.

This month’s speaker is Renee Drollinger of Colorado West Regional Mental Health. Drollinger will provide information about the Daylight Project, an initiative sponsored by the Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing that helps publicly-funded behavioral health care providers expand access to mental health care for deaf and hard-of-hearing people who need behavioral health care as well.

The meeting will be captioned and light refreshments will be served. Call or email Amy Becktell at 241-2592 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.


Mental illness conference Oct. 11

The Western Colorado chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host the “Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives” conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at New Horizons Foursquare Church, 641 Horizon Drive.

The conference will teach clergy and other members of the faith community about mental illness and how to help people in their congregations who have a mental illness. Speakers at the conference will include a pastor and representatives of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Colorado West Mental Health, the Veterans Administration, the Grand Junction Police Department Crisis Intervention Team, and Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention.

Attendees are asked to RSVP by this Friday to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Lunch will be provided.


Families honored at MS dinner

The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosted the 12th-annual Dinner of Champions award ceremony on Sept. 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Grand Junction.

The society presented Steve and Naomi Smith of Grande River Vineyards with the Hope Award, which is given to individuals who demonstrate philanthropy, citizenship and continued support of the mission of the local chapter of the MS Society. Ruth, Larry and Byron Head of Hotchkiss received the MS Champion Award, which is given to people who fundraise for and support the chapter’s services, programs and research. Ruth Head has raised more than $112,000 to help end MS so far.

For more information about the chapter, visit or call the Grand Junction chapter office at 257-1831.


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