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Welcoming 2024 with The Blue Bench

Here we are, together in 2024. A year behind us, a year that was a testament to our shared commitment to creating a safer and more informed community. Together, we accomplished remarkable strides in our 40th year.

Challenges do lie ahead.

The landscape of survivor support services is at risk due to the impending 40-50% cut to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding. Yet we remain steadfast in our commitment to supporting survivors of sexual violence. Anticipated funding cuts underscore the urgent need for advocacy and community mobilization.

We remain dedicated to expanding our community education initiatives.

Through innovative programs and collaborative partnerships, we hope to empower people of all ages with the knowledge and skills necessary to create a world free from sexual violence.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to The Blue Bench community.

Survivors, staff, volunteers, supporters, and community partners. As we embark on this new chapter, your commitment and generosity are a nurturing force for our mission!

Wishing us all a year filled with growth, resilience, and positive change!

With gratitude,

Megan Carvajal

Executive Director

Your support on Colorado Gives Day will go toward helping survivors heal and grow in their journey!

The Blue Bench provides crisis intervention, group and individual therapy, and case management to all survivors, as well as prevention education to start building a safer tomorrow.

Learn more about our services

Call for artists now open!

Join us for our 3rd annual RISE art show featuring art by survivors of sexual violence. We aim to showcase the voices, stories, and healing journeys of survivors of sexual violence.

Art submissions will close on March 1, 2024.

Join our 2024 Showcase

"A drastic cut to VOCA funding will mean fewer survivors accessing healing services and the possible elimination of prevention programming..." Megan Carvajal, The Blue Bench

In 2024, VOCA funding is expected to fall from $25 million to $14 million.

We are calling on Governor Polis and the Joint Budget Committee to ensure adequate funding so victims in all communities across Colorado can receive the wraparound services they need to heal and thrive.

Without sufficient investment in victim services, our state’s safety, public health, and economy will surely pay the price for years to come.

Learn more about VOCA

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