A Community Dedicated to Overcoming Depression and Suicide
The HOPE Coalition of Boulder County was formed in 2005 with a $5000 grant from the Gary Barnett Foundation in the name of former CU Buff football player Gabe Oderberg who took his life in September 2004 at the age of 23.
Concerned citizens from Boulder Valley School District, CU, Parent Engagement Network, Boulder County agencies, Colie’s Closet and parents formed the Coalition almost overnight to address the issues of depression and suicide.
The Coalition’s first educational event, called the Gatekeepers’ Event in 2005, was attended by over 200 people. The second was attended by 160 in spite of blizzard conditions.
This was a tangible indication that our community was interested in learning about how to deal with depression and suicide.
In 2007 the Coalition continued to define itself and evolve while providing other educational events for parents. These are called HOPE events.
We continue to be funded by the generous yearly grants from the Gary Barnett Foundation along with other donations from the community.
The HOPE Coalition of Boulder County operates under the auspices of Colie’s Closet. Colie’s Closet is a 501(c) nonprofit peer education organization established in 2004.Learn About Our Coalition Members