MANNA CONNECT IS A PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
THAT PROVIDES PARTICIPANTS WITH COMMUNITY,
COACHING, AND CAREER SKILL ADVANCEMENT
AS THEY IDENTIFY AND OVERCOME BARRIERS
TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND WHOLENESS.
Colorado poverty and homelessness have a new face.
Following in-step with a rising national trend, Colorado has seen a disproportionate increase of low-wage jobs simultaneous to a decline of service-sector jobs. The results have a disenfranchising effect on the lives of more than 45,000 families in Douglas, Elbert, and Arapahoe counties.
Although most of Denver’s areas of highest poverty continue to be in high-density areas, the number of suburban high-poverty areas has exponentially outpaced numbers in urban areas within the last fifteen years.
This is where Manna Connect is at work, developing methods to address the rising needs of suburban poverty right here in our backyard of Douglas County and the surrounding area. Our unique career and community development model aims to rebuild the societal base surrounding our neighbors, creating more integrated communities and developing pathways out of poverty through meaningful careers.
Where most work focuses on the problems that accompany poverty, we are person-centered, employing an integrated approach to unleash each individual's inherent strengths and break the barriers that stand between them and the self-sufficiency they desire. Rather than provide temporary aid, our development model creates sustainable independence.
Manna Connect is the core program of the Manna Resource Center, a 501(c)(3) organization serving individuals and families in south Denver.
MEET OUR TEAM
Since 2009 Erin has worked in the field of social work, focusing on the areas of poverty, homelessness, foster care, and adoption. She feels called to serve her neighbors and to help them break down barriers to reach wholeness in their lives. When not working, Erin enjoys time with her family, reading, and watching her favorite sports teams.
With a degree in International Relations, Lindsey has spent over 10 years in the nonprofit sector. She is passionate about setting the table for her community to experience dignity and the ability for each individual's story to thrive. When not working, you will likely find Lindsey in her garden, going for a run, playing with her twin boys, or getting lost in the mountains.
With a background in Health and Nutrition, LuCinda has been coaching clients in emotional health since 2015. She brings compassion and a growth mindset to her personable approach with others. When not working, LuCinda enjoys time with her family, walks with her dog, biking, reading, and learning.
Christy Bortz, LPC
For over 10 years Christy has been working with emotionally wounded individuals. Her love for helping others comes with a desire to understand her clients' stories and the connections they have to those around them. In her role as our clinical therapist, she is passionate about helping clients heal from past difficulties and grow as a result of their transformative work in therapy. When not in the office, Christy enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, interior decorating, and time away with her husband.