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The public invited to Attend a Free Storytelling Movie Event and Open House

The Chaffee County “We Are Chaffee” initiative will present a series of locally made video shorts focused on the housing crisis in Chaffee County. The two, free movie event nights on May 4 and May 10, will include a diverse collection of stories created by Chaffee County residents who share their thoughts about what home means to them.

The event will include a movie short created by the Community Equity Coalition highlighting health equity in Chaffee County. The public is invited to come early for dinner and an open house to chat with local housing organizations, as well as the We Are Chaffee partners.

“Sharing stories is a powerful method to communicate personal experiences from an honest and heartfelt place to educate an audience in an emotional and impactful way,” said Chaffee County Advocacy Coordinator for We Are Chaffee Lisa Martin. “As a community, the more we understand and support each other, the more resilient we will become.”

The free event will be hosted at the Surf Hotel on May 4 with a free $25 dinner at the Wesley and Rose Restaurant for the first 100 people to register, and on May 10 at the Salida SteamPlant with Pizza Rio providing dinner for all who attend the open house and movie. Free childcare will be provided for each event.

The stories presented in the videos at this event are the result of a collaboration between Denver’s StoryCenter and the We Are Chaffee initiative. The stories are developed, told, and produced by each storyteller to create videos exploring personal stories that reflect their feeling of home.

Storyteller Paula Berg remarked, “We are Chaffee Storytelling Workshop was a powerful experience for me as a storyteller. I was able to give voice to lost memories from my childhood when my family was housing insecure. Hearing others’ stories reassured me that we all suffer and overcome with the support of our community.”

The We Are Chaffee website (www.WeAreChaffee.org) is designed to be a safe place for nonprofits, community institutions, and all others to share and engage in each other’s stories. The hope is that through listening, sharing, and engaging in local stories, our community will become more aware and accepting, and ultimately more compassionate and resilient. The We Are Chaffee initiative grew out of the Chaffee County Public Health and Chaffee Housing Authority grant-funded Housing + Health Program to inspire strong community dialogue and learning from each other.

Attendance and dinner for the May 4 and May 10 Dinner and a Movie: Stories of Housing events is free with registration:

  • Register at www.WeAreChaffee.org/dinnermovie.
  • Dinner and Open House begin at 5:00 p.m. (Buena Vista is limited to the first 100 registrants).
  • The movie event begins at 6:30 p.m. in both Buena Vista and Salida.

For more information about We Are Chaffee, as well as to view past local stories, visit: www.WeAreChaffee.org.