Human Together Denver Human Services

On January 31, 2019, Denver Human Services introduced Human Together, a strategic vision for supporting a Denver community where all people are connected, supported, safe, and well.

The three-year framework identifies goals and strategies that include:

  • Increasing equity and access
  • Ensuring safety and wellness
  • Improving connectivity
  • Encouraging economic resilience
  • Supporting a healthy and connected workforce

"We are constantly working to preserve the diversity, culture, and character of the Mile High City. That means ensuring every Denver resident has the opportunity to make a home, get a job, and build a future. We're aiming to better understand why people are needing services in the first place, and Human Together lays out our plan to support a healthy and connected community where no one gets left behind." -- Mayor Michael B. Hancock.

Denver Human Services also formally launched a new community-focused program to support and connect with immigrants and refugees. Key components of the program include offering the Denver Public Library’s Plaza Program at Human Services locations to assist immigrants and refugees with citizenship classes, conversational English, art therapy, and resource navigation.

The program also includes convening discussions around housing equity and accessibility across the region for immigrants and refugees.

Students from Denver Public Schools’ Place Bridge Academy presented their responses to a special project about what being connected, supported, safe, and well looks like. Place Bridge Academy is one of three Denver Public Schools that is home to DHS’ school-based social caseworker program.

One strategy identified in Human Together is to strive to reduce stigma associated with human services. Denver Human Services’ new campaign, #BeHuman, which is reflected in the look and language of Human Together, brings forward a unified message about the impacts of our work. The campaign intentionally uses language such as “Let’s Start Where You Are” and “Together, We’ve Got This” to emphasize the partnership Denver Human Services employees build with our customers and our community in all that we do.

Human Together will inform and guide Denver Human Services’ work over the next three years and will serve as a tool to continue developing strategic partnerships, best practices and employee and client engagement, including ways to address the root causes leading to the need for services.

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