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Date(s) - February 25, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


On February 25, 2021, 6:00pm, the Chaffee County Housing + Health and We Are Chaffee initiatives will present an online Zoom storytelling event called We Are Chaffee, Stories of Resilience , a series of video shorts that highlight local youth and adult experiences in Chaffee County. In addition, the event will unveil a new website called We Are Chaffee (, where broader and more diverse community stories and conversations can be found. Event attendees will be the first to experience the new We Are Chaffee video montage featuring 25 local stars! This free event includes a takeout dinner to the first 100 participants registered from a local restaurant; participants may also choose to donate the cost of their dinner to the Chaffee County Community Foundation’s (CCCF) Emergency Relief Fund. Register at

The video shorts that will be presented at the Dinner and a Movie event are the result of a collaboration between Denver’s StoryCenter and the Housing + Health project. The stories are developed, told, and produced by each storyteller, to create videos that explore personal stories of resilience. They demonstrate why the concepts of being courageous and true to oneself, as well as being open-minded and supportive of others, are so complex, so personal – and ultimately, so important to our collective lives and community.

The We Are Chaffee website is designed to be a safe place for nonprofits, community institutions, and others to share and engage in each other’s stories. Ultimately, through listening, sharing and engaging in local stories, our community will become more aware and accepting, more connected and resilient. The We Are Chaffee initiative grew out of the Chaffee County Public Health and Office of Housing’s grant-funded Housing + Health Program, along with the Chaffee County Community Foundation and others who were inspired to create We Are Chaffee to be a catalyst for community dialogue and learning.

Becky Gray, Director of Housing for Chaffee County, says, “Storytelling is one way that we can understand the lived experiences of others and recognize that every member of our community has contributed to the fabric of our culture. My hope is that, through sharing our stories, we will feel more connected with each other and be more successful discussing the policy decisions that will shape our collective future.”

Participation in the February 25th Dinner and a Movie event is free. The first 100 people registered will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant to pick up a dinner in Buena Vista or Salida, or can elect to donate the value of the dinner to the Chaffee County Community Foundation Emergency Relief Fund. For more information and to register, visit or Once you have registered, you will be sent an email confirmation of the donation to CCCF COVID Relief Emergency Relief Fund or a gift certificate to a local restaurant, and information on how to watch the movie on-line.

For more information on the Housing + Health project, or to get involved in housing advocacy visit