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From heads of state to actors and head chef, Mi Casa is a Denver cultural center supporting individual human and community health. Each of their successful community programs has been designed by and with…

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From heads of state to actors and head chef, Mi Casa is a Denver cultural center supporting individual human and community health. Each of their successful community programs has been designed by and with Denverites who work with people living with mental illness and disabilities to empower them and improve their lives.

Mr. Eskew, who has been a fan and supporter of Mi Casa for many years, has submitted this letter of praise to encourage others to join this community center, which supports Denver’s most vulnerable residents:

Mr. David Eskew, president, Talented Resources:

I was very honored to be among the first people to see your newest Center and to experience firsthand how heartwarming and inspiring Mi Casa is.

Since first meeting its founder, Sandra Stone, on a school field trip to Philadelphia, I have come to know her as a true force in the community. She focuses on empowering those who are deeply disenfranchised through opportunities for employment, education, self-sufficiency and growth. Her one-of-a-kind and innovative solutions empower individuals in the Denver community, from recovering addicts to adults with developmental disabilities, all in an effort to create better, healthier and more sustainable communities.

My family and I treasure having met and experienced a large part of Mi Casa over the past years through visits and special events.

As a certified mentor with a network of young people, I am more proud than ever to do my part in supporting Ms. Stone and her goal of providing meaningful and powerful opportunities for individuals. I urge everyone to take a moment to thank Ms. Stone, President and CEO, Mi Casa, Denver, Co.

Your best wishes,

David M. Eskew

And in addition to Ms. Stone who created Mi Casa, chef Will Barata, whose father is a Maundylate and is called the country’s foremost expert on how alcohol affects people with schizophrenia, opened what he calls the Western U.S.’s first secure, 18-bed, Alcoholics Anonymous-style addiction center in Denver. It uses a lot of existing techniques that addicts have used for years in recovering from alcohol addiction, and places heavy emphasis on peer support instead of simply providing individuals with rehab to go to. Barata told me recently:

“It isn’t that much different from Alcoholics Anonymous, if you really look at it. It’s great for addicts who didn’t recover and just slip through the cracks. I realized that the most successful treatment was a single-minded approach to recovery. So I started doing that here, which is centered around recovery. We started with a work contract of our workforce for the first year. In the end we had 1,000 of them, and the person who recruited them said that one of the most astonishing things about it was that there were eight of them in that room, recovering, laughing and realizing they were on the right track.”

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