Center for Community Excellence and Social Justice

Honoring human dignity through education and empowerment

Community Service Institute

The Community Services Institute (CSI) is affiliated with many community based and civic organizations. We are direct partners with Denver’s NAACP, the Denver Housing Authority, Denver Department of Human Services, Colorado Department of Corrections, the Greater Denver Ministerial Alliance, the Greater Metropolitan Denver Urban League, the Denver Community Development Credit Union, the Bridging Group, Denver Community Television (DCTV), KLDC Radio, the Body of Christ and The Denver Weekly News, the Sojourner United Church of Christ, the American Baptist Churches USA and Rocky Mountain Regions, the Center for Network Development, Society of Addiction Counselors in Colorado, and many more. The following represents various services we provide in partnership with some of these affiliated

Financial Counseling

Our Wednesday evenings are reserved for community enlightenment regarding financial management, and counseling. The workshops, classes and/or seminars, take place every Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. We utilize the genius of persons working as entrepreneurs in this industry, managing credit unions, and facilitating real estate transactions

Community Alert

There are times when we simply need help expressing our emotions, our feelings, our pains, fears and tears. There are times when expressions like these, quite frankly turn people off. People cannot hear our stories because of the pain we bring with them. This is the time that we need an advocate, or at least an interpreter to help us sift out the bitterness we feel when trying to express ourselves. This is the purpose of our service, Community Alert. It is designed for people who are struggling mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We help them put their thoughts on paper in a coherent, logical, and empowered manner. Once they are on paper, we can help our clients decide who should hear their stories.

CSI Newspaper Ministry

Here we find two opportunities for ministry to the community. The first is through a column entitled Hagar’s Corner featured in the monthly Denver paper entitled the Body of Christ. Being strong is not enough to survive in this 21st Century. In this day and age, we need to move into another realm of existence. It is called having power. This column provides insights for persons interested in Transforming Their Strength Into Power. The second column is provided through the Denver Weekly News, and is entitled “Peace of Mind Through Peace With God.” It provides insights into ways that we partner with God in Spirit and in Truth. We learn how to behave in ways that allow intimacy, confidence, and partnership with God. This column is also syndicated in other cities in this country.

Community Corner

This is a weekly television program appearing on the Denver Community Television cable station, channels 57, 58, and 59. We come to the community live every Friday evening from 7:00 until 7:30 p.m. The program features people, places, and events we feel contribute to the positive growth of our Denver metropolitan community.

Prison Ministry

The CSI is one of the partners through the Bridging Group that provides pastoral counseling, and therapy to prison inmates. As well, CSI provides reentry services for persons released, paroled, or otherwise in transition. People enrolled in these services receive support with family, housing, job placement, and volunteer services. These services are available only to persons enrolled in the program.

American Pathways Educational Consortium

We are partners with seven other entities in our efforts to train, develop and educate interested persons pursuing certification and/or licensure in the areas of addiction counseling, play therapy, and/or marriage and family therapy. Our site has been licensed by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the State of Colorado. Our staff include members of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists who are clinical members and approved supervisors. As well, in the area of Experiential (play) Therapy, we have staff who are registered and certified supervisors. This positions us to provide a comprehensive community service to those seeking certification in any of these arenas. Our partnership with American Pathways empowers us to provide training, education, and development at costs affordable to a majority of our citizens. Click here to access the 2011 addiction concentration course descriptions and schedule.

Church Outreach

On the first Sunday of every month, we offer a faith based approach on community through our Community Day at The Sojourner Ministries. This church provides a forum for learning and applying the word of God in progressive and contemporary ways. We gather together every Sunday morning beginning with Bible Study from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. This is followed by worship service at 10:30 a.m. We are located at 1600 Downing Street Denver, CO. 80218. While all are welcomed every Sunday, you are especially invited to share with us every first Sunday of the month for our Community Day. We feature community issues, sharing insights from the word of God.


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