Stepping Stone to Success

Here at CEO, completing the GED is no small success for our students. It represents confidence, opportunity, and a second chance at a meaningful life. This is especially true for students such as Connie who attended GED classes at Douglas County Libraries in 2016. Her instructors believed in her ability to pursue a career in nursing, and inspired her to succeed for herself and her family. Here is a thank you letter the Douglas County instructors received this fall from Connie:

Hi Ian and Jacqui,

it’s Connie your ex student. Well I wanted to say hello and thank you both. I wanted to update you on my progress. Since I have taken my GED, I was accepted in the Emily Griffith Technical College IPN Nursing Program. It was a long 11 months. It was very rigorous! I passed and got my nursing license to practice! I got a job at Kaiser Permanente and I start on the 11th. I really want to say thank you again. The GED program was a stepping stone for me. I’m grateful for the nights at the library taking tests and you both helping me with my algebra. It gave me determination that I can make it no matter how old I am. My GED was such a huge goal of mine. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Ian, Instructor at Douglas County Libraries 
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CEO Student of the Month

CEO-WEST August Student of the Month-Brittany Buhrman

As early September rolled around it was once again the time for us instructors to nominate our Student of the Month. I had no hesitancy recommending Brittany Buhrman for the title.

Brittany has a job as a cook at a restaurant in the evenings and often doesn’t get back to the facility until 2 or even 3 in the morning. Brittany committed herself to getting up to make the morning math class at 9:00 am since she can’t make the evening class.

Brittany is self-disclosing that she might not be in the best frame of mind to learn but her education is important enough to her that she still shows up to class and tries to the
best of her ability to understand the concepts.

Brittany is two tests away from completing her high school equivalency and I know she will complete it by the end of the year because of her dedication.

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CEO Clients Extend Appreciation

CEO Staff Member Scott….

… provides us with this recent experience:

CEO Instructor Scott Dinges – Men’s Facility

“I had the pleasure of running into three of our previous clients in the last two weeks. I say “pleasure” because they were genuinely glad to see me. They all shared how they are doing well.

The first former client rolled up on his motorcycle at the entrance of Walmart. I heard, ‘Hey! I thought that was you. Tell everyone I’m doing good, I’m clean and enjoying life. Thanks again for everything you guys do.’

The second client yelled my name across a parking lot of Harleys. He told me that he’s working hard, staying clean and sober and enjoying his brand new Harley he bought last weekend.  The third gentleman didn’t yell me over. He’s deaf.

He sure got my attention and was very pleased to introduce me to his sweetheart, who was also deaf. It didn’t take words to see his sense of accomplishment and the gratitude that he had for me and the CEO Team.  Keep up the good work. We’re changing lives, one at a time.”

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Havana Nights Big Success! Thanks to All!

Community Educational Outreach Summer Event – Big Night in Denver’s Art District

Hot times at the Kanon Collective this past weekend.  A great turnout with wonderful support from attendees and contributors/sponsors.

Thank you one and all from the entire staff of Community Educational Outreach!

It’s still not too late to become a monthly supporter

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CEO Big Event One Week Away!

CEO Presents the 2017 Silent Auction Items Fir September 9th Event – Kanon Collective – 5:30 until 8:00

List below are our latest Silent Auction Items which will be up for bids on the night of September 9th.  The Kanon Art Collective is located at 766 Santa Fe Drive in the heart of the Santa Fe Art District.

Visit the Event Page to Purchase Tickets

A Look at Many of our Supporter’s Donated Items for the Auction and our Raffle

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Focus Reentry to Host 2nd Chance Benefit Dance

Please join Focus Reentry for our 2nd Annual Second Chance Dance on September 16 with live music by Bluezhouse, catering by Escoffier, and Special MC Gabrielle Bryant.  Tickets start at $50.  We are trying to get people to sign up as soon as possible.

When: September 16th, 2017 from 6:30-9:30pm
Where: Boulder Elks Lodge, 3975 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80301
When: September 16th, 2017 from 6:30-9:30pm
Where: Boulder Elks Lodge, 3975 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80301

Since 2005, Focus Reentry has paired dedicated community mentors with men and women in the Boulder County Jail. Focus mentors are a presence, a partner who will always be there when it seems the rest of the world has turned its back.

For many people behind bars, the real punishment often begins on the day of release. Our clients have often lost their job, their home, and their support network. And they must try to start over under the hostile gaze of a society that judges them in an instant, ignoring their education, their talents and their basic humanity. At the same time, failing to find employment, safe housing, adequate medical care, and positive support can and does lead right back to jail. It happens all the time.

At Focus Reentry we believe things can be better. With just a little help along the way, we know that many people emerging from jail can clear those obstacles and rebuild a productive and satisfying life on the outside. Sometimes it takes surprisingly little.

We run a lean operation, with heavy reliance on our volunteers. But recruiting and training volunteers, assisting clients, overseeing the relationship, and continuing to improve our program does take money. And that’s where you come in!

Click here to Buy Tickets – or on the Image Above

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September 9th Special Event One Month Away

Community Education Outreach
Havana Nights Fundraiser

Click on the images below – First image to purchase event tickets – and/or to support CEO by becoming a Monthly Supporter (and received free event tickets)

Havana Nights Silent Auction Listing


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