Tonight the YWCA recognized women of Pueblo who have been outstanding in the capacity of professional achievement, community service and youth leadership.
Dr. Anne Courtright (a dear friend and supporter of Pueblo House) was nominated for the Anna Taussign Award and, to her surprise and all of our delight, won for the category of “community service”. She was nominated by Ruth Nerenberg and Jeni Dingman.
Dr. Courtright, a retired psychologist who spent much of her 35 year career at CMHIP, has been years ahead of time in treating mental illness. After retirement, and recognizing that jails and mental institutes are dumping grounds for the mentally ill, she has been a strong advocate for better care.
Dr. Courtright became involved in community service, advocating for the mentally ill. Since 2000, she has been with the League of Women Voters and is currently on their State Mental Health Task Force as well as 3rd term co-president. She supports many area non-profits, helping those people whose care is marginalized.
Today I attended a meeting at the “League of women voters” where I was invited by Dr. Anne Courtright and where Detention Chief Darlene Alcala discussed what jail personnel are doing about inmates who have mental health and substance abuse issues. It was quite educational. If at all possible we’d like to work with the juveniles where we can for community service and to mentor. We’re hoping the music and art house (which we’re working on next) will keep kids busy and out of jail. Proud to report that I am now a member of LofWV.
Then it was back to join Joe and get ourselves ready for the final inspection on Pueblo House and that happens tomorrow. Joe and I worked on “that crazy wall” until 10 tonight. It was a flurry of activity to have all the little things ready, but we did it. Joe got the front light and plug put in and had to chip away some brick to run the conduit. Then we put the missing switch plates and covers on. Followed by labeling the circuit box. Fingers crossed that all goes well with Regional Building Inspections and we can start on the Li’l stone house next.
So happy to report that Pueblo Electrics is going to help us out again with getting electric to the SH. One plus, is that the wiring and some plumbing exists in the SH which we didn’t have in PH so it’s in better shape, but still very needy.
It’s been a long time coming and it was only through the many volunteers that Pueblo House is now ready for programs.
We’re working with many of the local groups like Teen Pregnancy-Health Care, My Youth LInk and many others. The City Planning (Wade & Beritt) will be coming by for a visit this week too and we’ll discuss historical status for both buildings (since both are over 100 years old) which will hopefully provide us with funding ability.
Dr. Anne Courtright at the League of Women Voters meeting today.
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