Commodities Day, the last Wednesday of each month at the Aspen Mine Center, offers a great way to help stock the pantry when money is tight. About 130 families take home groceries free of charge. Pictured: Lee Smith and volunteers Jessie Krummenacher, Mona Gravestock and Diana Baker.
County Social Services Department
expands its presence at Aspen Mine

Staff of the Teller County Dept. of Social Services will be available at the Aspen Mine Center more often after an expansion this fall. Contractor Bill Pearson is building new offices for DSS case managers and Child Protection/Core Services staff and therapists on the ground floor, between the reception desk and Cripple Creek Coffee. By late November, DSS plans to staff the office four days a week, said Debbie Evans, DSS supervisor. Currently, staff are on site two days a week in a basement office.

The department, which processes applications for Medicaid and Food Stamps, has money available from federal TANF block grants to help local families overcome obstacles to employment. “The money is available to assist many families depending on circumstances,” said Ted Borden, coordinator of the Aspen Mine Center.

As part of the nationwide welfare-reform efforts of the last decade, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) is designed to help clients improve their chances of getting work by paying for training, transportation, childcare and related expenses.
School plan aims
to build peace,
prevent bullying

By Mary Barron

Students in the Cripple Creek-Victor District will be encouraged this year to report bullying to adults newly trained in intervention tactics through the PeaceBuilders training program developed in Long Beach, Calif.

The school district is one of 45 organizations granted funds from an $8.6 million Bullying Prevention Initiative funded by The Colorado Trust.

“Research shows that youth who bully are likely to end up with a criminal record when they reach their 20s. And victims of bullying often experience academic failure and low self-esteem,” said John R. Moran Jr., president and CEO of The  Colorado Trust.  “Through this initiative, our goal is to support programs that will provide both youth and adults with the opportunity to learn how to effectively intervene and prevent bullying activities.”

The CCV schools are receiving $50,000 a year for three years to fund the implementation of the program, said Rachel Gray, counselor at Cresson Elementary.

 

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