A Day at the Capital

April 3rd , Day at the Capital:

The Community of Caring’s Client Services Team had the opportunity to visit the Capital Building in Denver! This was my first time experiencing the capital in person and it was amazing! I wish that everyone in Colorado could visit at least one time. Stephany Egan  (Senior Advocate with COC) had suggested the trip as this particular day was an open invitation for “Day at the Capital” hosted by All Families Deserve A Chance Coalition.

There were four separate Bills that we could have the opportunity to witness being brought to the floor. We choose to speak and represent Teller County/Community of Caring and participate with the group who were following the Protections for Residential Tenants – SB23-184 Bill.

I was able to speak with our representative Stephanie Luck, who is no stranger to Teller County, and she was so excited to hear from rural Teller! As we discussed what services we have to offer with Community Of Caring and how many resources we provide for our community, she explained how important it was, that we could make it to the Capital and represent Teller County, as it is obvious that because we differ from heavier metro areas, our concerns are as different as well, and that we need to be heard.  It was so exciting and I have to admit I feel a bit star struck from the whole experience. I had given Stephany a invitation made by our Krys Arrick, to join us for community lunch, with Ted Borden’s contact information. She responded stating, “Oh! The building across from the fire station/opera house? I love Cripple Creek, and would love to stop by and have a tour and see all the wonderful things you all provide for your community!”

From there I was able to rejoin our group in time to meet Mark Baisley. He was kind enough to give us a tour and even bring us out onto the (very active) senate floor. He explained his daily activities as our representative and the Bill we there to witness that day. He was so welcoming and it is an experience I will never forget.

To my understanding, “Community of Caring, Aspen Mine Girls” presence from Teller county was announced on the senate floor. I have a new respect and would love to continue to learn about our Bill process in Colorado.

Katelynn Brown, CCHA Medicaid Healthcare Navigator for the Community of Caring at the Aspen Mine Center

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