By Jackie Brinkman | University Communications
DENVER - Mothers living with addictions have found a home and a recovery program at The Haven. The Haven is a residence where mothers receive substance abuse treatment and also was one of the first in Colorado to accept infants into their residence while their mothers receive this treatment.
The success rate for the Haven is high: two years after completing The Haven, 90 percent of women are drug-, alcohol- and crime-free. The program gives the women hope for their futures, self-esteem and often keeps their children out of foster care.
One of these success stories is Brandi, a five-year graduate of the program. Of her time at The Haven, she said, “I am a proud Haven graduate who believes in the program for a foundation of recovery. The Haven taught me about the disease of addiction. It taught me that I was not a morally corrupt person, but that I had a disease from which I could recover.”
On Oct. 30, Friends of The Haven, a 501C-3 nonprofit that supports The Haven, is hosting its annual Fall Fundraiser at the Denver Athletic Club, Grand Ballroom. This year’s event, "Changing Seasons & Changing Lives," will feature Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey as the keynote speaker.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Treatment Scholarship Fund. The scholarships allow women and children to receive services at The Haven and Baby Haven, regardless of ability to pay. Treatment scholarships supplement other public and private funding sources for the program.
Event Sponsors include Denver VALE Board, Beth and George Wood, Denver Health, Mary and John Nice, SIGNAL Behavioral Health, Wells Fargo and the Anschutz Family Foundation.
Honorary Co-chairs for the event are:
Dottie Lamm, Former Colorado First Lady
Richard M. Lawrence, President & CEO, University of Colorado Foundation
George Lundeen, Artist/Sculptor
Jeff McCubbin, Dean of Applied Human Sciences at CSU
Lilly Marks, Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Colorado, Executive Vice Chancellor, Anschutz Medical Campus
Honorable Bill Meyer
Justice Mary Mullarkey
Tickets are $100 for individuals and $190/couple and are available through http://www.blacktie-colorado.com. Guests can enter event code FOTH1030 to access ticket sales.