Community Connections

Welcome to Community Connections!

Our staff and members offer a community of empowerment, care and support for members in recovery from a mental health or substance use disorder.  We look forward to having you join us!

About COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Community Connections is located at 12455 East Mississippi Ave., Suite #104, Aurora, Colorado 80012. Google Map
Phone: 303-361-8200
Fax: 303-366-2822

Hours of Operation

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
We are closed holidays. Check our calendar!

Lunch is served Monday-Friday at 12:30pm

The Food Bank is open Monday-Friday from 1:30-3:30pm

Community Connections Programming
 Click here for our calendar of events!

Our programs help you grow towards health and wholeness in all of SAMHSA’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness: social, environmental, physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, intellectual and financial. We offer groups that focus on support, education, physical activity, and creative and musical expression. We also offer self-care services for members experiencing homelessness.

Our programs change depending on member needs and requests. Recent programs include Wii bowling, walking, mindfulness, music appreciation, karaoke, creative writing, scrapbooking, arts & crafts, Brain Meets Mind, Dance for Recovery, Modeling Your Recovery, Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, Through the Lens, Remember Story Time, and Art with Heart.


Recreation and Outings

Fun, physical activity and social time are important for healing and wholeness. Meet up with other members for a game of pool, air hockey, ping pong or foosball.

Join us for trips on Mondays and Fridays. Community Connections members go to the movies, museums, the zoo and other local attractions and events. We’ve been to Hammond’s Candy Factory, the Renaissance Festival and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival.

You can also give back to the community through our Giving Back program. Volunteer at the Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue or Food Bank of the Rockies, or help the Community Connections food bank by re-stocking and giving out items.


Peer Support Services
You can get support, hope, guidance and understanding from a peer specialist. A peer specialist is someone who has experienced living with a mental health diagnosis or substance use disorder. Peer specialists have found success and hope in their own recovery, and use their experience to support others. You can meet with an on-site peer specialist at the Center. A peer specialist can also go with you to appointments to help you understand information and speak up for yourself.

Resource Center, Library & Computer Lab

Our Resource Center, library and computer lab are open daily. You will find information about how to find a wide range of supports, like food and clothing banks and affordable housing. You can also get bus and train schedules. For members without homes, we offer some clothing and personal care items. These members can also do their laundry every Tuesday at 1:30 pm, and come to self-care day once a month at the Beck Recreation Center.

The library offers a quiet space for reading. It has a variety of books and magazines to check out. You can use the computer lab to check email, stay connected and apply for jobs.


Food Bank
You can come to the food bank twice per month, and get an emergency bag every other month if needed. The food bank has many healthy food options, including meat and fresh produce. It is open Monday-Friday from 1:30-3:30 pm.

Dental Lifeline
You can sign up for free on-site dental care with Dental Lifeline. There is a waiting list because care is provided at Community Connections only once a month.

Transportation
You can get transportation to and from Community Connections from three locations: Colfax & Havana (East end of the Walmart parking lot), MLK Library (Colfax & Elmira St.), and Colfax and Peoria (Generals Park Pavilion). Pick-up is at 9:30 am on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and at 10:30 am on Tuesday. Drop-off is at 4:00 pm daily.

You can get help with your bus fare if you have a pink RTD card or a red, white & blue Medicare card.


Meals, Snacks & Beverages
Healthy living is an essential part of recovery. We offer free, healthy lunch and snacks Monday-Friday.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What does it cost for me to attend Community Connections?
If you are a member of Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) and you live in Adams, Arapahoe or Douglas counties, there is no cost to attend Community Connections. All services are free, including programs, classes, events, outings, meals, transportation, food bank, computer lab and Resource Center.

How do I become a member of Community Connections?
You must get a referral letter from your mental health provider to be a member of Community Connections. Please contact Community Connections directly for more information.

Do you provide transportation to and from Community Connections?
We have two vans to bring members to and from the Center, and to appointments at Aurora Mental Health Center. Members with Medicaid can also schedule a ride through Veyo (the non-emergent medical transportation provider for Health First Colorado members).

Is it okay for me to use the fitness equipment at Community Connections?
Yes. But we will ask you to sign a waiver and bring us a letter from your doctor that says you are fit enough to safely use the equipment.

Can I bring my children or a guest?
Yes, you can bring one guest (child or adult) per day. Guests must sign in and out at the front desk. Children under age 18 must be with their parent or guardian at all times. Guests have some access to services, classes and groups, but children are not permitted in groups where confidentiality is an issue or content is not appropriate for children. You are responsible for your guests.

Can I bring in outside food and drinks?
Yes. However, you may not share any food you bring to the Center with other members, due to health code rules and possible food allergies. This policy is strictly enforced.