The Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS) will host “Portraits of Ability: Stories of Independence and Inspiration” November 1, 2017, through February 28, 2018, at the St. Vrain Community Hub, 515 Coffman St, Longmont, CO 80501. The free exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays.
“Portraits of Ability” is a photojournalism exhibit presented by Via Mobility Services in partnership with VSA Colorado.
The mission of Via, a private nonprofit organization established in 1979, is to promote independence and self-sufficiency for people with limited mobility by providing caring, customer-focused transportation options. “Portraits of Ability” features 15 “portrait-stories” of people Via serves, including unique images and narratives which share a common theme – that of striving to not be defined by disability or age. The spirit and rich sense of who each person is – beyond their mobility challenges – is captured in photo-portraits taken by New York portrait artist Sophie Klafter. The exhibit was curated by the VSA Colorado/Access Gallery, the state organization on disabilities and the arts.
“The community Via serves overflows with people taking amazing journeys through life. Via is thrilled to be able to share these stories with a wider audience,” said Communications Manager, Lyndsy Morse. “The St. Vrain Community Hub’s commitment to access is a perfect complement to both our mission and the spirit of the ‘Portraits of Ability’ exhibit.”
The St. Vrain Community Hub is designed to remove obstacles to a wide range of supports, including access to transportation. The Hub is a “one-stop” health, housing, and human services hub for providers who share many of the same clients. Beyond simply co-locating related services, the Hub provides a holistic approach to meeting clients where they are – and helps guide them along a more personalized and positive path toward stability and self-sufficiency.
“We’re excited to partner with Via Mobility Services to bring these important visual stories of personal strength to the St. Vrain Community Hub,” said Boulder County Housing and Human Services Director Frank Alexander. “Via’s focus on helping promote independence and self-sufficiency is a great fit for the Hub, which has a similar mission for those we serve.”
Founded in 1979, Via is a private, nonprofit organization providing on-demand paratransit services, travel training, and mobility options information and referral for people living with mobility challenges. Through our partnerships with RTD, CU and the City of Boulder, we are able to further our reach by offering additional services (Access-a-Ride, Call-n-Ride, the HOP, and various contract services) to those experiencing low mobility. In 2016, we served nearly 3,000 individuals in 19 communities across five counties in Colorado. For more information about Via's services call 303-447-2848 or visit viacolorado.org.
VSA Colorado/Access Gallery is the state organization on disabilities and the arts. VSA is an inclusive, nonprofit organization that engages the community by opening doors to creative and educational opportunities for people with disabilities to access and experience the arts. Founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, the international VSA organization is now a part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. VSA Colorado/Access Gallery is located in Denver, CO. accessgallery.org
About St. Vrain Community Hub
Located at 515 Coffman Street in Longmont, the St. Vrain Community Hub houses the Boulder County Departments of Housing and Human Services and Community Services, Boulder County Public Health, Workforce Boulder County, and Mental Health Partners in a single location. The co-location of departments and integration of services allows Boulder County and its partners to support our residents more efficiently and holistically. Services such as food and financial assistance, health coverage supports, work supports, mental health services, and much more are all delivered from the St. Vrain Community Hub.