Community of Caring
Aspen Mine Center
166 E. Bennett Ave. Cripple Creek, CO.
Mailing address: PO Box 1587
Phone: (719) 689-3584
Fax: (719) 667-3800
8 AM - 5 PM
In 2002, the Community of Caring Foundation, a Colorado tax-exempt nonprofit incorporated in 1998, opened the doors of the Aspen Mine Center in a former casino building graciously donated by its owners, to provide a “one-stop resource shop” for residents of Southern Teller County and the surrounding area. The Aspen Mine Center, located at 166 E Bennett Ave, now houses nearly a dozen nonprofit service organizations, full or part time, along with another dozen agencies who pop in from time to time, often on Commodities Day, the last Friday of each month, when the place is really jumping with people and activities. This is collaboration and cooperation at its best.
The Aspen Mine Center/Community of Caring Foundation has a talented and dedicated staff, which includes Community of Caring founder and Board Chairman Mary Bielz, Executive Director Ted Borden, Executive Assistant Veldean Petri, Client Services Director Angie Trelstad, Senior Advocate Rebecca Blair, Food Pantry Manager Linda Lyons, Thrift Shoppe Coordinator Diane Wasson, Health Navigator Krys Arrick, Administrative Assistant Michelle Allen, Community Outreach Assistant Jean Holder, Client Services Assistant Denise Gutierrez and Employment Specialists Hank Nelson and Brent Kennedy. Receptionist Erin Patterson, Clothes Closet organizer Terri McDonald and several other faithful volunteers round out the staff.
The reception area on the main floor is staffed by Aspen Mine Center Client Services personnel, along with the offices of the Department of Human Services and Veterans Service Officer, and provides a play area, public phone, coffee shop/meeting area and small library. The second floor houses a Pikes Peak Workforce Center facility, administrative offices, a kitchen and dining room for Wednesday community meals, the Aspen Mine Senior Club, A Willow Bends, and a large conference/class room. The basement of the AMC includes the food pantry, clothes closet, a shower room and the offices of the Senior Advocate, Health Navigator, Mary Bielz, TESSA, Aspen Pointe, Public Health, The Independence Center and Bristlecone Family Counseling. The rear of the building has donation bins for clothes and small working appliances. The front entrance of the building features a mining display and waterfall. Come check us out!