Michael George spent nearly a third of his life living on Denver's streets. He was born in Colorado, but his dad was a cook in the Air Force, and when George was four years old, the family moved from Lowry to Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. George lived there until he finished high school -- ins ... More >>
Coffee's on at Cafe United, in the new Mile High United Way Morgridge Center for Community Change. This is the latest open-to-the-public spot run by Work Options for Women, a local nonprofit that trains at-risk women (and men) for careers in the food-service industry. WOW already runs the cafeteria ... More >>
Kristen Stillman.When people hear Kristen Stillman's story -- how her mother left eight-year-old Kristen and her twin brother, Will, at a house where they suffered horrific abuse for a decade, with Kristen giving birth to four children by head of the household/rapist Eric Torrez by the time s ... More >>
The house.Last September, I told the story of Kristen Stillman. She'd survived incredible horrors while imprisoned in a home in northwest Denver, where her mother had left Kristen and Will, her twin, when they were just eight. Eric Torrez, the head of that household, tortured the twins, rapin ... More >>
Big pics below.The newest service at the Denver Human Services Building is a completely volunteer and donation-based project known as The GIVE Denver Center. Stationed on the first floor of DHS at 1200 Federal Boulevard, this small spot is doing big things for the people of Denver.
Kristen Stillman.Kristen Stillman, whose story Westword first told back in the September article "Kristen Stillman puts her family first: That's why she's letting her four kids go," was sitting with her twin brother Will at a local Denny's yesterday, making the kind of plans for their future ... More >>
The horrors that Kristen Stillman has endured in her short life are beyond imagining: abandoned at the age of eight by her mother, raped repeatedly by the man she was left with, bearing four children fathered by her rapist before she was twenty. And then the final injury, one far easier for m ... More >>
The outpouring of support for Kristen Stillman, the survivor of horrific abuse who first told her story in the September 9 issue of Westword, has been amazing. Many, many people want to know how they can help her, and I thought a follow-up that will be published here today would have an answe ... More >>
Head to Cafe Options for free coffee at 9 a.m.Cafe Options, the classy, fast-casual spot at 1650 Curtis Street, is celebrating its first birthday by giving a present to customers -- free coffee from 9 to 10 a.m. today. The cafe has a full-service coffee bar, and also serves up freshly baked p ... More >>
Women rule the world (or at least the kitchen) at Cafe Options, a new breakfast and lunch spot that opened last week at 1650 Curtis Street on the bottom level of the U.S. Bank Tower building. The cafe, a fast-casual concept courtesy of of Work Options for Women, a non-profit focused on preparing imp ... More >>
Opening today, April 2, is Café Options, the breakfast/lunch spot at 1650 Curtis Street that's brought to us by Work Options for Woman, the non-profit that trains women coming off welfare for careers in the food-industry world. WOW already runs a cafeteria at the Denver Department of Human Services ... More >>
The Peabody award is the TV-news equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize -- and Channel 7 is among the 2008 winners, along with CNN, Saturday Night Live and HBO's epic John Adams mini-series. The station was honored for "Failing the Children: Deadly Mistakes," a series of reports about children who died wh ... More >>
The big news: Barack Obama is coming back to Denver, the town where he accepted the Democratic nomination on August 28, and where now, as president, he will now sign the $787 billion stimulus bill on Tuesday, February 17 at the Museum of Nature & Science (conveniently vetted by the Secret Service be ... More >>
For this fifteen-year-old, it's been a long road to home.
Two counties, feuding parents, a sex-abuse allegation and one quagmire of a custody battle.
Police raids bust up drug labs. But they also bust up families.
Terra Ramirez knows what it's like to be a victim -- and to victimize.
Tiffany McAdam looks to the future with hope.
From the week of December 22, 2005
Stephen Anson knows how to handle a crisis.
The McAdams want their children back, but can former heroin addicts succeed as parents?
Charity began at home. This home.
Work Options for Women Program
Age before duty
A camp for the homeless works in Portland. Can it work here, too?
The bonds of love are being broken for Rosa Avina.
Justin was a good boy from a good family. Then he shook his three-month-old baby to death.
JLO for dessert
Homeless women and families have a new place in Denver to lay their heads.
Work Options for Women
Colorado keeps an extensive list of suspected child abusers, but is anyone checking it twice?
To speed up its child welfare system, Denver will need to stop kidding around.
From the week of September 14
Take one Mexican father, one drug-addicted mother and a pair of foster parents. Take away one baby.