By Meg Waters
A month ago, this column covered a Boulder-based support group called “After the Flood: You are Not Alone.” The meetings have been so successful that the program has extended to include groups in Lyons and Longmont. The Lyons flood support group started last week; it meets on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Community Building, 335 Railroad Avenue. The Longmont group meets on
Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the offices of Mental Health Partners, 529 Coffman. And the original Boulder group meets at Mental Health Partners in Boulder (1333 Iris Avenue) on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
All three groups are moderated by trained professionals funded through a federal grant that the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) received to do community outreach to families affected by last September’s flood. The groups are designed to provide “community empowerment, education, resources, and emotional support,” with a goal of aiding participants “in the process of rebuilding and healing from the damage of the flood.”
For those who were displaced by the flood and find themselves renting housing for the first time in years (or for anyone else who wants to be a better-informed renter) the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (HHS) is hosting a two-part workshop called “Going Home: Rental Education Workshops.” The meetings will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 29, at 3400 Broadway in Boulder. They are free of charge and open to anyone who’s interested in attending.
The workshops will cover a wide range of topics, teaching participants how to be both good tenants and informed tenants. “We’ll explore what an ideal rental situation looks like,” says Andy Coco, education and training coordinator for the Housing and Community Education program of Boulder County HHS. “The workshops will cover how to access information about your rights as a tenant, as well as what’s expected of you from landlords and property managers. They’ll go through how to search for housing, how to understand the legal language in lease agreements and what to look for in leases. There will also be a section on communication skills; on maintaining your relationships with both your landlord and your neighbors.”
This pair of workshops is a pilot project. The county expects to offer similar workshops in the future, although the gift card offer may not be available with later iterations. If you are interested in attending but miss this month’s meetings, visit www.bouldercountyhc.org, over the next several weeks.
Finally, anyone who was affected by the flood is invited to attend an Easter church service at the Plaza Event Center, 1900 Ken Pratt Boulevard in Longmont. In addition to the service, the celebration will include an Easter egg hunt for kids twelve and under, as well as a free lunch. The first four hundred flood-affected individuals or families to register and attend will also receive a free box of groceries, personal care products, and household items. This event is being organized by Kenneth Copeland Ministries Disaster Relief and Christ Church International. For more information, visit www.innercourt.com/reach. To register for the free groceries, call (303) 772-0866.