Joseph Owusu-Boateng, an African physician, said,

"The riddle of HIV will not be solved by individuals working in isolation, but by the collective work of many people with differing perspectives..."

It Takes A Village is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization whose mission is to reduce health and social disparities among people of color in the Denver/Aurora, Colorado metropolitan area.

It Takes A Village Staff

rear row left to right: Jeff Lewis, Case Manager/Intake Associate; Khalil Halim, CRCS/Client Services Supervisor; Anthony Drayton, Client Advocate; Hassan A. Latif, Addictions Counselor; Mashawn Moore, Program Director, Brothas4Ever; Damon Hall, Volunteer Receptionist; middle row left to right: Sama Rasul, HIV/STD Testing Counselor; Corinthiah Brown, Addictions Counselor/Seeking Safety Program Manager; Kim Drayton, Volunteer Group Facilitator/Outreach Worker; Betty Ann Maxwell, Outreach Supervisor; Camilla Amaya, Program Manager, TransAction; Shalon Bowen, Outreach Coordinator, Phenomenal Women; front row left to right: Veronica Ledezma, Case Manager; Cinzia Ayite, Program Manager, Community Without Walls; Crystal Noel, Substance Abuse Treatment Supervisor; Ilhan Ahmed, Case Manager/Program Manager, Home Away from Home; Erin Crawford, Office Manager; Imani S. Latif, Executive Director. Missing: Willie Lee Watkins, Outreach Coordinator, Brothas4Ever; Ivy Daugherty, Seeking Safety Program Assistant; Gerald Borden, Case Manager/Outreach, Brother Jeff's Community Health Initiative.

Who We Are
Our name is based upon our principle that the consciousness of people of color can best be raised by working with leaders from the community and including those leaders and agencies which have a history and natural inclination to work best with the communities they serve.

In many instances, agencies get funding for programs and projects to educate their community about issues, and base their programs on that funding. We are program driven. We involve the community in identifying and evaluating the need for programs, find appropriate community members or agencies to work on those programs, and then find funding for all involved collaborators to implement the programs. Thus, we utilize the village resources in order to serve the village.

It Takes a Village was founded to address the lack of services primarily for African Americans, however, our village includes people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions.

In addition, all of our programs utilize outreach workers who have intimate knowledge of the issues being addressed and with whom the community can identify. Our principles are based in culture, compassion, respect, kindness, and a commitment to excellence. Our community's health and social problems are rooted in our history and culture, and can only be solved by recognizing and incorporating knowledge of that history and culture in our programs.

Outreach Workers
Willie E. Watkins, Outreach Coordinator for Brothas4Ever; Betty Ann Maxwell, Outreach Supervisor; and Shalon Bowen, Outreach Coordinator, Phenomenal Women. TransAction also includes a number of peer educators who conduct outreach.

Our collaborations provide the most effective, efficient, client-centered services. We are pleased that our primary collaborators include: Brother Jeff's Community Health Initiative (HIV Client Advocacy and Healthy Relationships); the Empowerment Program (Community Without Walls, HIV Testing, Seeking Safety); Denver Public Health (STD Testing), Church World Service (HIV Client Advocacy and Phenomenal Women), Center for the Church and Global AIDS (Community Without Walls housing) and Aurora Mental Health Center (for eviction and homelessness prevention program). We also work closely with Colorado AIDS Project, Gender Identity Center, and Pan African Arts Society, among others.

Thank you to our funders: Church World Service, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Center for the Church and Global AIDS, Denver Mayor's Office of HIV Resources, SAHMSA in collaboration with The Empowerment Program, Centers for Disease Control, HUD in collaboration with Aurora Mental Health, The WalMart Foundation, and to our wonderful private donors.

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