Adams County: Career center opens on Federal

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Three words – love the location – describe the perspective of attendees Saturday at the grand opening of the Center for Career & Community Enrichment, south of 72nd on Federal Boulevard.

The new multi-service center — dubbed 3CE — at 7117 Federal Blvd. in Westminster will provide classes, workshops and numerous services for low-income residents.

The center is credited with bringing needed Adams County human services to the west side of Interstate 25. Further, the location on Federal Boulevard is considered easy to find and easily accessable to bus lines.

“I’m so happy we are so close (to this portion of the county) and not just for the families we serve, but the community as well,” said Elizabeth Aryeetey, family self-sufficiency coordinator at the center.

Aryeetey introduced Brandieli Ciddio-Garrison, a single mother who credited three to four years of assistance programs directed by Aryeetey with helping her family to overcome challenges. Garrison said she has achieved self-sufficiency and is now working at an adult day-care center and serves as a court appointed advocate at CASA, an Adams and Broomfield counties agency that assists abused children.

"3CE is greatly appreciated in this community because at one time there were four work-force centers then it was cut to one due to the economy at 120th and Sable in Thornton," Ciddio-Garrison said. "So this new center is very convenient for a lot of people."

Congressman Ed Perlmutter addressed the gathering of about 50 people Saturday and said, "If you can’t get there it ain’t worth a hill of beans. This center will make it easier for people to take advantage of the opportunities we have.”

Faith Winter, Westminster mayor pro tem, noted having the selected combination of services in one building makes needed resources much more accessible.

Classes and workshops include GED classes, financial literacy, parenting, healthy relationships, anger management, health and wellness, communication, foreclosure prevention, rent and utility assistance and home ownership.

One-on-one services include housing counseling, credit report review and repair, jobs skills and job search, income tax preparation, legal services, access to PEAK benefits and guided referrals to human service agencies. The multi-room center includes a bank of computers for job search activities.

Partnering agencies include Adams County Housing Authority, Low Income Family Empowerment, Adams County Workforce & Business Center, Adams County Human Services, Colorado State University Extension, ACCESS Housing, Growing Home, Colorado Community Action Association, Colorado Legal Services and Colorado Community Voicemail.

For more information, call 720-502-5890 or email 3cemanager@gmail.com.

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