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Speaker on the I-70 Central Project
Stacia Sellers is the CDOT Central 70 Communications Manager and is dedicated to giving the public more than just your standard construction update. Having worked with CDOT for nearly five years, Stacia has taken the communications lead on cutting-edge campaigns and projects such as “Winter Wise,” C-470 Express Lanes, and I-70 Floyd Hill to Veterans Memorial Tunnels Improvements. In addition, she’s garnered national media attention for many of CDOT’s snow-fighting efforts.

Stacia was born and raised in Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelor of Science in journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in English. Before CDOT, Stacia worked at a boutique PR agency and was a contributing writer and editor for Alaska Magazine.  
 
A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the meeting at noon Tuesday, June 8
SAVE THE DATES FOR LION EVENTS
Save the dates for the upcoming Denver Lions events:
  • June 8 Lions Zoom meeting
    • Installations of officers, board members, and foundation trustees
    • CDOT presentation on the I70 project
  • We will continue Zoom meetings for the summer on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month
    • If you have ideas for a speaker contact Lion Fletcher
  • Lions end-of-summer picnic at Railroad Museum on August 28
  • In-person Lion Meeting at Maggiano’s on September 14
  • Dragon Boat Festival September 25-26
    • KidSight screening booth on both days
    • Dragon Boat Race Team on Sunday - the last time we raced we won our division. We want to do it again! 
Have a great summer!!
New Denver Lions Leadership
Our new Denver Lions officers, board members and foundation trustees for 2021-22 will be installed at the June 8 meeting.
 
Thanks to all for their service!!
 
Denver Lions Officers
 
Club President – Loree Vanderhye
1st VP – David Lambert
2nd VP – Sally Hooks
Secretary – Doug Brown
Treasurer – Ned Nagle
 
Denver Lions Board of Directors                                                  
  • Dwight Steen
  • Dan Kiel
  • Ellen Goldberg
  • George Rathman
  • Ned Nagle
  • Steven Landauer
Denver Lions Foundation Trustees
  • Denny Homes
  • Nancy Hopper
  • Don Peterson
  • Tim O’Brien
  • Russ Lynn
  • Bo Poge
  • Sally Hooks
  • Brent Schuller
  • Mark Williamson
Reflections on the Direction of Child Welfare
Last week, 9News and The Colorado Sun publicized a three-part investigative series on residential treatment in Colorado, prompted by the tragic deaths of two children who ran from local facilities. The series highlights many of the problems in residential facilities, including the high frequency of kids running from centers, the relationship between these providers and the police, staff's hardship in supporting kids, and the efforts and barriers to systemic reform faced by the Department of Human Services and Child Protection Ombudsmen.
 
Community members have been understandably shaken by what the reporters described. Though Savio was not one of the organizations highlighted, Savio was founded as a residential home and the question of how to best care for children and families is central to our mission and journey to offering community-based services.
 
I started at Savio as a residential therapist twenty-five years ago and oversaw Savio's residential program for most of my career. The series accurately reflects many of the troubling realities of this type of care. However, focusing the conversation on changing regulations, improving reimbursement rates, or refining reporting requirements loses sight of the children we are tasked with helping.
 
I met hundreds of kids while working in and overseeing residential treatment. When I saw past their behaviors, I saw caring, wonderful children who have been repeatedly and deeply hurt. They hold the same hopes and promise as any child.
We were able to support many boys through this treatment model but ultimately recognized that there are better ways to help kids. There is never a single child that chooses to be in a facility. They run away because they want - and need – to be with their family. Colorado has made real progress in prioritizing treatment methods scientifically proven to deliver positive results.
 
The decision to place children in residential treatment is made with good intentions. It also is made while pushing aside the growing mountain of research that shows that placing children in facilities leads to poor outcomes and is counterproductive. Surrounding children with peers who also have experienced complex trauma and are demonstrating severe behavioral challenges inevitably exacerbates their problems.
 
Founded as a residential program, Savio has led Colorado in shifting its care models for more than twenty years and now emphasizes evidence-based, in-home programs. These programs are designed to serve children and adolescents who would otherwise go into residential care, and the research continually shows the outcomes are far superior to residential treatment.
 
I am tremendously grateful to the donors and foundations who have been critical in helping us make this transition – thank you.
 
While we acknowledge the shortcomings of the residential treatment model, it is important to acknowledge the successes and the role your support has played in improving care for children and families. In the past year, Savio has expanded to deliver two effective community-based alternatives to residential care in rural areas of Colorado. These programs have been embraced locally and will continue to grow.
 
We do not yet have an alternative solution for every child that is placed in residential care. Savio will continue to be at the forefront of finding innovative ways to support children and families. Your support allows us to see a brighter future ahead. Thank you.
 
Norma Aguilar-Dave  Executive Director
Lion Razz Cortes' restaurant is featured in 5280 Magazine
This cheerful diner is a love letter to owner Razz Cortes’ native Chicago and Denver, a place her family has called home since the early 1990s. That translates to a menu of inventive dishes inspired by Windy City street fare and Den-Mex specialties, which includes a lineup of wonderfully over-the-top burgers decked out with everything from grilled ham steak and Mexican chorizo to orange soy-slaw and seared provolone. Try the FOMO (fear of missing out) burger of the month; this May, it’s the Old Santa Fe Trail, a half-pound patty stacked with Monterrey jack cheese, a trio of taquitos, salsa ranchera, sliced avocado, chipotle mayo, and a jalapeño cheese popper. If you manage to save room for dessert, the churros are divine. 9598 E. Montview Blvd., Aurora, 303-747-4008
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