Grantee Highlights

July 6, 2016

Colorado Jobs With Justice

At Colorado Jobs with Justice, we have been organizing elders who are in long-term care, and who are often transit-dependent. We have heard many stories about the difficulties that our elders face in accessing transit. One such story comes from Johnnie Paul Ortiz, who lives in subsidized housing for seniors with disabilities and is in a wheelchair. Johnnie says that Access-A-Ride, while an important service that he is glad is available to him, isn’t always reliable, and he’s often had to call on friends in the building to take him to doctor’s appointments. One of those friends is Paul DeLay, who recently had to rely on transit temporarily, as his van had been stolen. Paul’s major concern, as a stroke survivor, is getting to the bus stop, as he has limited mobility and can only walk certain distances. As we continue to talk to folks, we will be working to ensure that elder concerns are at the top of the list when we consider transit accessibility.


Johnnie Paul Ortiz








Montbello Organizing Committee – On the Menu: Food, Art, and Culture

The Montbello Organizing Committee (MOC) is the recipient of a $75,000 Kresge Foundation planning grant for the purpose of food-oriented cultural place making in the Far Northeast neighborhood of Montbello. Dubbed FreshLo, for Fresh, Local & Equitable: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization, the funding initiative is the first of its kind in the nation. MOC, a grassroots community organizing group, is one of only 26 (out of 520 applicant) organizations selected nationwide for the 2016 initiative, and the only one in Colorado. They are a current grantee of Mile High Connects, who referred them for the Kresge grant application process. MOC plans to engage neighborhood schools and arts partners in educational, cultural opportunities at venues such as the Montbello Urban Farm. They additionally plan to develop a cultural hub which brings together neighbors of all ages around healthy food and cultural offerings.