March 14, 2022

Neguse Secures Federal Funding for the Boulder Strong Resource Center and CU Boulder Rural Partnership Program

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Joe Neguse has secured  $275,000 in federal funding for the Boulder Strong Resource Center, and $275,000 to support CU Boulder’s Rural Partnership Outreach Program. The Boulder Strong Resource Center began offering mental health services to the greater Boulder community in the wake of the March 22 mass shooting that took place in Boulder. They offer a variety of trauma-recovery, therapy, and other mental health resources. This federal funding would expand their capacity to serve the community, decreasing the lifelong potential for serious trauma-related health problems for those suffering with mental health conditions. Visit the resource center website for more information on the center and the services they offer.

In total, Congressman Neguse secured over $7 million in funding for community projects in his district that will be funded by Congress in FY 2022. The omnibus package passed the House and Senate last week.

“As we prepare to mark the one-year anniversary of the tragedy that occurred on March 22nd, it’s more important than ever that we are funding robust mental health and recovery resources for the Boulder community,” said Congressman Neguse. “This federal funding will help expand the great work underway at the Boulder Resource Center, and ensure our communities have sustained support for a long while to come.”

“We are so thankful for Representative Neguse’s continued investment in South Boulder’s journey of healing,” said Dixie Casford, co-CEO of Mental Health Partners. “From the very beginning, Representative Neguse has taken action to support the Boulder Strong Resource Center and its mission to serve the community through whole person care. This funding will enable the Center to strategically expand its mental health and well-being services and continue serving Boulder in these times of immense need.”

“The Rural Partnership Outreach program means a chance for our young people to further their education, regardless of their background, income level, or zip code,” continued Congressman Neguse. “Students in our rural Colorado communities deserve equal access to higher education and the opportunities that accompany it. It is a concerted effort to ensure they have not only access, but the tools they need to thrive in a collegiate setting.”

“Being the first in my family to attend college, I am thrilled the omnibus funding bill includes resources for CU Boulder to expand its outreach and services to rural first-generation students in Colorado,” said CU Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano. “I appreciate Congressman Neguse’s strong support for Colorado students and his partnership with the university in ensuring all students have the resources and support they need to succeed from middle school through college.”

The Rural Partnership Outreach Program works to extend and solidify pathways to higher education for rural, first generation, and low-income students. It was created to provide more pre-college programming and outreach to low-income and first-generation students in rural communities across Colorado, including Fort Morgan and the San Luis Valley. The program offers students a wide variety of opportunities including: college and career exploration from seventh through twelfth grade; access to technology through the purchase of lender laptops; connectivity through hotspots; academic student evaluation and intervention; the opportunity to engage with local businesses through the creation of internship/apprenticeship programs; and an opportunity to attend a 2-week academic summer residential program at the University of Colorado Boulder to help familiarize themselves with the physical environment of a college campus during the summer between their Junior and Senior years in high school.

CU Boulder’s pre-college programs serve more than 1,400 low-income and first-generation students and their families across Colorado each year and 97% of program participants have gone on to continue their education at the college or university of their choice.

Neguse submitted several Community Project Funding requests to the Appropriations Committee, and has had remarkable success advocating for projects in Colorado’s 2nd District. The Boulder Strong Resource Center Expansion and Rural Partnership Outreach Program are among the 10 Neguse-sponsored projects to be funded in FY2022.