Mental Health Mondays

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Join us this February as we highlight opportunities for wellness, recovery and mental health!

February Amuse’ Mental Health Course

Join us for our Amuse’ Mental Health Course this February! 

This course offers tangible evidenced based skills that everyone can use for themselves or to support a coworker/friend. 

After the course, attendees will be able to:

* Identify causes and conditions which support substance misuse and compromised mental health in the hospitality industry

* Identify vocationally specific supports of hospitality workers, even in rural communities

* Recognize multiple pathways to recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders

These four hours of training are meant to shine light on some of the most pressing issues affecting workplace wellness.

Created for the hospitality industry BY industry peers, this course offers an overview of mental health, wellness and substance use recovery, complemented by resources, applicable skills, and thought provoking conversations. 

*Your 15$ placeholder fee will be returned upon course completion unless you choose to donate your placeholder to CHOW.

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New Meeting Space for Mondays!

Denver Community, we are so excited to announce that we are back IN PERSON IN DENVER with a brand new location!!!

Join us this evening at Plant Magic Cafe (925 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218) for a Hybrid meeting! This meeting will continue to be available on Zoom as well.

🚨🚨🚨Folks joining us in person — please be aware that Plant Magic Cafe is hosting us after hours! 

If Google tells you the business is closed, it’s not wrong but you will still find us there waiting for you.  

We are so excited to see you today! 

Voices of Grief / Colorado

Registration is now open for Grief Support and Education Groups starting this Spring in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park. Please share this information where you think there may be a need.
To register or for more information, contact a facilitator: Sarah Lee, 719-505-2257, or Kathy Sparnins, 719-659-0447, or email All our group facilitators are trained using Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s companioning model.
Understanding Your Grief (8-weeks), Registration: $80 Colorado Springs – Monday mornings, 9 am – 11 am,March 11 – April 29Woodland Park – Thursday evenings, 6 pm – 8 pm,April 9 – May 28
Facing the Mourning (6-weeks), Registration: $60Colorado Springs – Thursday evenings, 6 pm – 8pm, April 25 – May 30
Early Infant Loss Group (6-weeks), Offered in partnership with Henry’s Heart Art Therapy. Registration: $120 per person or couple.  LAST CALL TO REGISTER!Colorado Springs – Tuesday evenings, 6 – 8 pm,starting Feb. 13 – March 19
Preregistration required for all groups. Scholarships are available if cost is a difficulty.
Visit website for details on all groups, From the website, you can also download PDF files of the group posters to share with others, too.
NEXT WEEK! Community Film Presentation and Discussion, “Voices of Grief, Honoring the Scared Journey.”
Free and Open to all. Following the film, we will host a brief time of discussion and reflection on the challenges of losing a loved one. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, 10:00 am – 11:30 amThe Inn at Garden Plaza, 2520 International Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80910

African American artists â€” poets, writers, visual artists, and dancers â€” have historically served as change agents through their crafts.

Drawn from their ancestors’ ancient rites of passage and the shared hopes of liberty, Black artists continue to fuse the rhythmic cadence of creative expressions with the pulsating beats of progress. Our museum celebrates Black History Month 2024 by highlighting the “art of resistance” and the artists who used their crafts to uplift the race, speak truth to power and inspire a nation.


Connect4Health Colorado

Coloradans can check a box on their Colorado tax return if they are uninsured and want to see if they qualify for free or low-cost health insurance. By checking the box, they opt-in for their information to be shared with Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s official health insurance marketplace. Their information will not be used for any other purpose, and there is no obligation to enroll.

When the box is checked, Connect for Health Colorado will send an eligibility letter for Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) or financial help with Connect for Health Colorado. If eligible, the box checker has 60 days to enroll in health coverage. 

Connect for Health Colorado is here to help residents from start-to-finish with the application process by providing free enrollment assistance around the state. To find free local health coverage experts in your community visit

Please share this information with your communities! We have an online toolkit with newsletter copy, social media posts, and virtual brochures in English and Spanish to help you do so:

If you have questions about this opportunity for Coloradans to to sign up for health insurance outside of the annual Open Enrollment Period, contact

Spotlight of Inspiration

Anthony Caldwell’s story is a testimony to perseverance. The chef overcame addiction and incarceration, made a commitment to attend culinary school, and in 2020, opened 50Kitchen, a Southern American and Asian fusion restaurant in Dorchester, MA. Caldwell first learned to cook in prison, and, after his release, was offered an opportunity to work in the kitchen as a prep and line cook at Legal Sea Foods in Chestnut Hill, then moved on to work in kitchens at MIT and Harvard, as sous chef and personal caterer. 50Kitchen is a counter-service restaurant serving dishes that include jambalaya-filled egg rolls with a spicy gumbo dipping sauce and a smoked brisket banh mi. The restaurant’s motto is “beautiful food for beautiful people,” and Caldwell aims to give back to the same community that provided the often hard but necessary lessons needed to propel his vision forward in the culinary world.