As parents, having a network of people who make you feel respected, appreciated and supported is critical, but finding friends like that as an adult doesn’t always happen naturally.

That is why Illuminate is encouraging organizations and parents to start and join parent-lead support groups all over Colorado. Since announcing the initiative to grow Circle of Parents, a national, evidence informed model in Colorado in July, the response from community-based organizations in a variety of industries has been incredible. In just five months, 11 new groups in Denver, Pueblo, Trinidad, Rifle, Conifer, Commerce City, and Montrose have popped up. See below for a listing of new groups or click HERE to find all public groups throughout Colorado.

Community organizations such as libraries, family resource centers, churches and neighborhood associations play a critical role in building social connections among parents. Adding social activity for families, providing families with the opportunity to make connections, deepen their support networks, and counter social isolation can change the culture in a community.

Thank you to all the organizations that are creating safe and supportive spaces to share parenting tips, seek advice, and build protective factors.

Even more groups will be ready to start before the end of the year! Subscribe to Illuminate Colorado news to get updates as Colorado’s Circle of Parents grows!

If you are a parent, organization, business, or community member interested in better supporting parents, visit www.circleofparentsco.org to learn more about starting a group today!

Welcome to the following new Circle of Parents groups!

STATEWIDE-Online

Theme: This is a video conferencing support group for parents and caregivers of children with symptoms of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Day/Time: 1st Fridays of the month 12:30 PM-2:00 PM.
Location: Zoom Video Conferencing

CONIFER:

Theme: Parents of Children 0-8
Location: Mountain Resource Center, 11030 Kitty Dr, Conifer, CO 80433
Day/Time: Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am

Contact: Chris Johnson at chris@mrcco.org

Childcare Available

COMMERCE CITY:

Theme: Recovery
Location: The Family Center: 6770 Monaco St. Commerce City, Co 80022 (Located inside Our Saviour Lutheran Education Building)
Day/Time: Wednesdays; 9-10:30 am
Child care available upon request.
Contact: Melissa Santizo at melissa@ecpac.org or call/text: 720-701-0044

DENVER:

Theme: Recovery
Location: Advocates for Recovery Colorado, 6981 Federal Blvd. Denver, CO 80221
Day/Time: Mondays; Dinner at 5:30 pm, Group 6:15-7:45 pm
Contact: Jessica Grace at jessicagrace@advocatesforrecovery.org

Theme: Recovery
Location: Empowerment Program, 1600 York St # 101, Denver, CO 80206
Day/Time: Thursdays 9:00 am- 10:30 am
Contact: Toni Miner at tminer@co.jefferson.co.us

MONTROSE:

Theme: Recovery
Location: Hilltop Community Resources, 540 S 1st St, Montrose, CO 81401
Day/Time: Tuesdays 5:15-6:15pm
Contact: Erin Carroll at erinc@htop.org

PUEBLO:

Theme: Recovery
Location: Friendly Harbor, 2713 N Grand Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003
Day/Time: Tuesdays at 10am
Contact: Heather McQueen at heather.k.mcqueen@gmail.com
Childcare Available

Theme: Recovery
Location: Lamb Public Library, 2525 S Pueblo Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81005
Day/Time: Mondays 9-10:30am
Contact: Scott Brasselero at sbrasselero@crossroadstp.org or 719-582-7004

Theme: Recovery
Location: Temple Baptist Church, 3030 Thatcher Ave, Pueblo, CO 81005
Day/Time: Thursdays at 5:30pm
Contact: Ryan Ramos at urinfinite7420@gmail.com

RIFLE:
Theme: Recovery
Location: Rifle Branch Library; 207 East Ave. Rifle, CO 81650
Day/Time: Thursdays 6-8pm
Contact: Shay Koran at shay@bergnerlawoffice.com

TRINIDAD:

Theme: Recovery
Location: Trinidad Alano Club, 120 W Kansas Ave, Trinidad, CO 81082
Day/Time: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm
Contact: Jean Howard at jhhoward@crossroadstp.org or 719-582-0900

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