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The Coronavirus pandemic and resulting shutdowns, lockdowns and layoffs created major confusion and dismay everywhere, but especially in communities with limited resources and little experience dealing with government bureaucracies. To help our residents and neighbors learn about the virus, the government’s response, and the resources available to help them get through this period, Hope Communities shared a series of 50 “Building Community Check-in” videos on Facebook Live From March 30 to September 22, 2020.

In  addition to supporting viewers’ physical and mental health, these programs were designed to maintain and promote connections in our communities and surrounding neighborhoods as we work together to get through difficult times.

Though the regularly scheduled series has ended, all 50 videos have been archived on YouTube for viewing at any time—just click on the program name below to view them. We are developing and look forward to releasing new videos in a more instructional, “how-to” format as needs arise.


50: September 22, 2020

Resources for the Long Haul During Covid-19 It’s more and more clear that this pandemic will not be over soon, and that many people will continue to need help from many sources to maintain a basic living standard in a changed world. Joining Sharon today are Hope Communities’ program managers, Amber Owens (The Gardens) and Lara Frey (Hidden Brook Apartments), to talk about some of the ways Hope Communities can help.


49: September 15, 2020

Keeping Our Kids Safe Through the Pandemic Amanda Pennington, Director of Client Services for the Child Protection Ombudsman Office of Colorado, joins Sharon to share information about keeping children safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.


48: September 8, 2020

Moving into Fall As the seasons change and we move into fall, Hope Communities’ President and CEO, Sharon Knight, shares information on voting and making sure your vote counts in the upcoming general election. Fall also means harvest time, and Beth Fisher returns with two cooking demonstrations that use fresh vegetables that are plentiful in markets and food pantries now: (1) Tofu Stuffed Green Peppers and (2) Chorizo, Corn and Bean Scramble.


47: September 1, 2020

School Options and Resources for Families During the Pandemic As the seasons change and we move into fall, Hope Communities’ President and CEO, Sharon Knight, shares information on voting and making sure your vote counts in the upcoming general election. Fall also means harvest time, and Beth Fisher returns with two cooking demonstrations that use fresh vegetables that are plentiful in markets and food pantries now: (1) Tofu Stuffed Green Peppers and (2) Chorizo, Corn and Bean Scramble.


46: August 26, 2020

Family Resilience During Quarantine We are delighted to welcome Mark Kling, Executive Director of the Family Resource Center Association, to the Building Community Check-in today. He will share information and resources that will help families get through this trying time.


45: August 18, 2020

Emotional Well-being During Times of High Stress and Pandemic Heidi Whitney, LCSW, from Mental Health Center of Denver joins Sharon for a conversation on how to support emotional well-being during times of high stress. Heidi is an early childhood mental health consultant and program manager of the Play Project at MCHD. #affordablehousing #WeGotThisDenver


44: August 11, 2020

Cooking for Flavor and Nutrition: Rice and Bean Bowl Beth Fisher returns to show us how easy it is to prepare delicious and nutritious meals using simple ingredients that are usually available at area food banks and pantries. Today’s meal is a rice and bean bowl that’s as tasty as it is healthful.


43: August 4, 2020

Denver Public Library: A Valuable Community Asset That Helps Residents To Access Knowledge Virginia Vassar Aggrey, a teacher and program facilitator with the Denver Public Library, joins Sharon to share information about programs that residents can access —mostly online— during the coronavirus crisis.


42: July 28, 2020

Making Sure Everyone is Counted! Today’s Facebook Live “Building Community Check-in” is titled “Making Sure Everyone is Counted!” Our guest is Nadeen Ibrahim, U.S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist. Nadeen’s specific duties include reaching out to immigrant, refugee and faith communities in the metro area. She shares history about why the census was started, why it’s important to participate, and how to complete your #Census2020 if you haven’t completed it yet.


41: July 21, 2020

Finding ways to effectively engage in your child’s education right now – Rany Elissa Today’s “Building Community Check-in” welcomes Rany Elissa, co-founder of Right On Learning, to talk about how families can prepare to support students as we look at a potential mix of in-person and on-line learning for the return to school. #doingmypartCo #wegotthisDenver


40: July 17, 2020

What Goes Around Comes Around: the importance of building up individuals to strengthen communityIn addition to updates about the pandemic and community resources, this show will include an introduction of Hope’s exceptional staff with listing of the ways they can help – followed by an extraordinary concert by musical talent from across the ocean. Joanna Hyde (originally from Park Hill, not too far from Hope Communities’ site) and her husband Tadhg O’Meachair have created a mini-concert just for Hope’s Facebook show today – from their home in West Cork, Ireland. Joanna said that growing up close to Hope’s Park Hill site, the Gardens, she understands the value Hope brings to individuals and community through housing, educational programs and support services. She knows that these things made a big difference in the community she grew up in and wanted to give back for all Hope has contributed to Denver over the years. These two musicians are absolutely phenomenal. They are renowned for their talent, which leads them to play their traditional Irish music all over the world. We are delighted they have been so generous in providing this concert for us, so we can help to brighten your day.


39: July 14, 2020

The Power of Partnerships to Leverage Community Resources and Create Substantive Impact  Brandy Kramer, Project SHINE Program Manager at #SpringInstitute, joins Sharon today. Brandy is a driving force in service for refugee families in Denver and an exceptional partner with Hope Communities in serving families at our Hidden Brook location in East Colfax. In today’s episode, Sharon and Brandy talk about the power of partnerships in leveraging resources and providing programs and services that are VERY impactful.


38: July 10, 2020

Perspectives Across Generations for Getting Through the Pandemic Hope Communities resident Melissa Flores, who graduated from high school this year, joins us for a look at the pandemic from a Gen-Z perspective. Melissa offers good advice for coping with the new reality.


37: July 7, 2020

Overcoming Covid Fatigue Hope Communities President and CEO Sharon Knight talks about “Covid Fatigue” and offers ways to recalibrate as we continue to navigate the new reality of pandemic times.


36: June 30, 2020

Keeping Ourselves, Our Families, and Our Communities Safe Sharon Knight, Hope Communities’ President and CEO, focuses on community safety and how we can all play a part in keeping our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Sharon shares suggestions for how we can reduce crime in our city and increase safety and well-being for our families.


35: June 26, 2020

Healthy and Delicious Living Beth Fisher joins us to demonstrate how to prepare and cook two delicious dishes using fresh, nutritious ingredients that Hope Communities often makes available to members of its communities—a frittata and a veggie-and-sausage bake.


34: June 23, 2020

Mindfulness as We Return to Work/School/Community Jamie Polliard, Communications Manager at Hope Communities, joins Sharon to share ways to lessen the tension we all feel because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Guided meditation, deep breathing, mindful walks, mindful eating, and mindful practice before going to bed can help you stay calm during the day and get the rest you need to face tomorrow!


33: June 19, 2020

A Soul Food Dinner for Your Juneteenth Celebration Sharon Knight, Hope Communities’ President and CEO, demonstrates how to prepare a soul food dinner à la “Soul Food Scholar” Adrian Miller, author of “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time.”


32: June 16, 2020

Positioning Yourself for Strong Re-entry into the Workforce Safe-at-home mode may be a great time to reflect on the job you’d like to have and begin planning to achieve that position. Mary Putman, Executive Director of the Reciprocity Collective, shares her expertise about ways to identify the best job for you, and then how to put your best foot forward to get, and keep, that job.


31: June 12, 2020

Accessing Good Health Care Through the Pandemic and Afterwards Allison Sommerton, program manager at #ConnectAurora, joins Sharon to discuss ways to obtain health care in Colorado during and after the pandemic, including insurance and sources of financial help.


30: June 9, 2020

Re-entry After Safe-at-Home Mode The June 9th Building Community Check-in features information about how to evaluate the #COVID-19 exposure risk associated with various activities as cities and communities begin to re-open. Joining Sharon are two of Hope’s community resource navigators, Hlaing Than and Mohamed Juma, who will translate this valuable information into #Burmese and #Arabic.


29: June 5, 2020

Music to Help You Make It Through the Week: Adam Goldstein Adam Goldstein, guitarist/vocalist with the Denver-based trio Avourneen, shares songs from Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Leonard Cohen, and Cat Stevens to help you make it through the week.


28: June 3, 2020


27: June 1, 2020

Making Your Voice Heard to Help Shape Recovery DeDe Percin, Executive Director of Mile High Health Alliance, joins us to discuss ways of bringing positive change to our communities — beginning with filling out our Census forms!


26: May 29, 2020

Navigating Recovery from the Effects of the Pandemic–in English and Spanish We are delighted to have Martina Torres, Manager, Programs and Resource Navigation and Sandra Ortega, Leasing Consultant with us today for our “Building Community Check-in.” Martina and Sandra will provide important information about emergency resources available to people affected by COVID-19 – in English and in Spanish. It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of the extraordinary expertise from the Hope Communities staff. It was also a great chance for us to convene in the office, although we are all separated because of social distancing! #wegotthisdenver


25: May 27, 2020

Clarifying Values to Begin the Journey Towards a More Satisfying Life Path Today’s “Building Community Check-in” was pre-recorded. We are sharing a discussion about the importance of using this time to perhaps clarify your values as you prepare for the next steps in your journey. Lisa Van Raemdonck, Executive Director of the @CU Denver School of Public Affairs shares advice, insight and suggestions.


24: May 22, 2020

Exercises to Help with Relaxation and Toning While #saferathome Today’s “Building Community Check-in” is a pre-recorded episode. In addition to our updates we are sharing some exercise ideas to help with relaxation and toning during our #saferathome status. We will not be here on Monday due to the holiday – wishing everyone a healthy and happy Memorial Day weekend! #wegotthisdenver


23: May 20, 2020

Maintaining Health and Wellness During COVID19: A Doctor’s Perspective In today’s episode, Hope’s President and CEO, Sharon Knight, welcomes Dr. John Pierce for a discussion about maintaining health and wellness during #COVID19. Dr. Pierce practiced primary care and hospital medicine for 40 years in Texas and New Mexico before retiring and moving to Colorado in 2018. He currently volunteers with The DoctorsCare Clinic and Denver Public Health, and is on the volunteer faculty at CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.


22: May 18, 2020

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During the Pandemic In today’s episode, Hope’s President and CEO, Sharon Knight, talks about mental health issues that may be brought on or exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis. She discusses signs to look for in children, teens and adults, and places to seek information and help.


21: May 16, 2020

Food to Carry You Through Hope’s President and CEO, Sharon Knight, talks about delicious dishes you can make using simple, nutritious and affordable ingredients that are generally available in stores and can be purchased with SNAP and WIC benefits. RECIPES from this episode (and more) can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ybghtrk8.


20: May 13, 2020

Creative Expression to Replenish the Soul Number 20 in a series of Building Community check-ins for residents of Hope Communities as well as the general public. Today’s episode includes a musical interlude featuring Rodger Hara and Patrick McElhany, members of the Denver band Celtic Friends.


19: May 11, 2020

Wearing a Mask Means Safety for All Today’s episode covers three types of face masks for COVID-19 and the situations that call for each.


18: May 8, 2020

Applying for TRUA (Temporary Rental & Utility Assistance) Today’s episode concerns applying for Temporary Rental & Utility Assistance (#TRUA), a program to assist residents of the City & County of Denver who are facing a housing crisis or hardship due to circumstances beyond their control. Sharon is joined by Hlaing Than, who interprets the information in #Burmese, a language spoken by many Hope Communities residents and clients.


17: May 6, 2020

Finding employment during the pandemic Number 17 in a series of Building Community check-ins for residents of Hope Communities as well as the general public. Today’s episode is about finding employment during the pandemic.


16: May 4, 2020

Celebrating Important Benchmarks in Life – Even During a Pandemic Today’s episode suggests ways to celebrate birthdays, graduations, and other important benchmarks in life while still observing the necessary social distancing rules necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.


15: May 1, 2020

Taking Care of Family with Healthy Cooking During Covid-19 This episode is about taking care of your family with healthy cooking while sheltering at home. RECIPES are at https://hopecommunities.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Easy-and-Healthy-Recipes-for-Families-to-Make-During-Quarantine.pdf Bon appétit!


14: April 29, 2020

The Road Forward: Stay-at-Home to Safer-at-Home Number 14 in a series of Building Community check-ins for residents of Hope Communities as well as the general public. This episode is about Colorado and Denver’s transitioning from a Stay-at-Home order to a somewhat less restrictive “Safer-at-Home” model.


13: April 27, 2020

Update on the Stay-at-home order and GOOD NEWS! Vital information about the covid-19/coronavirus pandemic and the ways Hope Communities, a leading provider of affordable housing in the Denver area, is responding to the challenges. Part of a series of “Building Community Check-ins” for Hope Communities’ residents as well as the general public, this episode presents an update on the Stay-at-home order along with some GOOD NEWS!


12: April 24, 2020

Mental and emotional wellness during the pandemic Vital information about the covid-19/coronavirus pandemic and the ways Hope Communities, a leading provider of affordable housing in the Denver area, is responding to the challenges. Part of a series of “Building Community Check-ins” for Hope Communities’ residents as well as the general public, this episode covers ways of promoting mental and emotional wellness during the pandemic.


11: April 22, 2020

Strategies and resources for your finances during the Pandemic Part of a series of “Building Community Check-ins” for Hope Communities’ residents as well as the general public, this episode covers strategies and resources for managing your finances during the pandemic.


10: April 20, 2020

How to help your kids with learning and growing during the stay-at-home order Part of a series of “Building Community Check-ins” for Hope Communities’ residents as well as the general public, this episode presents ways to help children learn and grow during the stay-at-home order.


9: April 17, 2020

Using your stay-at-home order to define personal and economic goals Vital information about the covid-19/coronavirus pandemic and the ways Hope Communities, a leading provider of affordable housing in the Denver area, is responding to the challenges. Part of a series of “Building Community Check-ins” for Hope Communities’ residents as well as the general public, this episode covers ways you can use your stay-at-home order to define personal and economic goals.


8: April 15, 2020

Applying for Unemployment Benefits Part of a series of “Building Community Check-ins” for Hope Communities’ residents as well as the general public, this episode explains how to apply for unemployment benefits.


7: April 13, 2020

Applying for SNAP benefits and other sources to fight hunger Part of a series of “Building Community Check-ins” for Hope Communities’ residents as well as the general public, this episode explains how to apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) and other sources of support to fight hunger and food insecurity.


6: April 10, 2020

Maintaining health and wellness during the pandemic Vital information about the covid-19/coronavirus pandemic and the ways Hope Communities, a leading provider of affordable housing in the Denver area, is responding to the challenges. Part of a series of “Building Community Check-ins” for Hope Communities’ residents as well as the general public, this episode covers ways to maintain health and wellness during the pandemic.


5: April 8, 2020

Technology and other resources to stay connected during the pandemic Part of a series of “Building Community Check-ins” for Hope Communities’ residents as well as the general public, this episode covers technology and other resources to help people stay connected during the pandemic and counteract the social isolation resulting from stay-at-home orders.


4: April 6, 2020

Safety precautions during the pandemic, and how to make your own mask Part of a series of “Building Community Check-ins” for Hope Communities’ residents as well as the general public, this episode covers coronavirus safety precautions to take during the pandemic, and how to make your own face mask


3: April 3, 2020

Myths and truths about the virus. Resources to get you through Part of a series of “Building Community Check-ins” for Hope Communities’ residents as well as the general public, this episode covers myths and truths about the virus and available resources to help those affected by the crisis.


2: April 1, 2020

Resources available to you if affected by the virus Part of a series of “Building Community Check-ins” for Hope Communities’ residents as well as the general public, this episode resources available to those affected by the virus and/or its economic impacts.


1: March 30, 2020

News about the coronavirus and how Hope Communities is responding Vital information about the covid-19/coronavirus pandemic and the ways Hope Communities, a leading provider of affordable housing in the Denver area, is responding to the challenges. Part of a series of “Building Community Check-ins” for Hope Communities’ residents as well as the general public, this episode covers coronavirus safety measures and resources for people impacted by the shutdown.