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Bayaud Community Network

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The Bayaud Enterprises' Community Network offers participants and community members a platform in which ideas, skills, expertise and personal experiences may be openly shared to raise awareness, educate, alter perception and create hope through open communication and dialog.

Charitable contributions to Bayaud help us expand this movement by developing leaders in the disabled, homeless, and low-income community so they can be advocates for themselves.

Toastmasters Group

We host one of the only homeless toastmasters groups in the country on alternating Saturdays. This program is about helping homeless people learn to speak more effectively and confidently about their experience being homeless or living with a disability.

Beyond Bayaud

Regular Thursday evening classes with a meal, classes go over life skills such as personal power, understanding energy, letting go of baggage and improving self image.

 Speakers Bureau

Bayaud partners wtih individuals with disabilities and who have experienced homelessness to speak at community churches, schools, or other organizations about their experiences moving out of homelessness. Far from being a “downer,” the speakers relate the hope and strength that employment gave them and how they are continuing on their journey toward self-sufficiency. These encounters transform public perceptions and break through the stigmas associated with homelessness and disabilities. If you’d like to book a Bayaud speaker for your next event,please contact us or call Lynda Drake at 303-830-6885.

Leadership Development

Isolation can often play a role in the homeless or mental illness experience. Bayaud’s advocacy initiatives incubate a supportive community for people where they can be empowered and have a voice.

We expose our participants to educational activities in the topics that they care about. When we have a participant who has a strong passion for a particular issue, we encourage their interest and connect them with the community resources or agencies that specialize in that area.

Crisis Intervention Training

Bayaud partners with the Denver Sheriff’s office to facilitate safer encounters between low-income mentally ill individuals and law enforcement. Our Crisis Intervention Training enhances cultural competency and raises awareness around mental illness. This training provides a safe forum for individuals managing a mental illness to relay their past experiences with law enforcement and increases understanding of the issues for all parties.

If you are a member of law enforcement and would like this program in your barracks, contact us or call Scott Kerr at 303-830-6885.

 Bayaud Community Academy - Learning through Community

Classes are facilitated by the clients we serve, and employees that involve the community. The last Tuesday of the month  provides an inclusive community event that includes dinner. A voluntary  donation is requested, the proceeds going to the facilitator(s).

 Bayaud Advisory Council for Change

This Committee is comprised of Bayaud participants, staff members, and a Bayaud Board member. This committee ensures that we receive direct feedback from our participants on the efficacy of our homeless outreach programs. Based on this feedback, we make programmatic changes that drives impact in the community.

Further, Bayaud seeks input from other communiy providers to discuss area-wide services and gaps.