CHARG: Capitol Hill Action & Recreation Group

The mission of CHARG Resource Center is to advance a model of genuine partnership among individuals who live with mental illness, mental health professionals, and the larger community through respectful comprehensive services.

An innovative community established in 1989, CHARG serves adults with major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar illness, and major depression. It is a joint venture of people who believe that effective & lasting empowerment of persons with mental illness occurs when they can make decisions regarding their needs, and that they thrive with dependable & ongoing services.


In the 1980′s  The Capitol Hill Action & Recreation Group coordinated social events in central Denver and Capitol Hill. It supported the Goebel lawsuit which eventually resulted in an expansion of treatment programs for Denver’s mentally ill residents.  It was active as a volunteer organization, but with no paid staff and based at Boardwalk Community of the Denver Center for Mental Health Services.


In 1989  HEART of Boardwalk (begun by mental health professionals & supporters, and founded as a 501(c)3 organization), partnered w/ Capitol Hill Action & Recreation Group and CHARG Resource Center was formed. The Drop-in Center opened at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.


1990  An Executive Director was hired and the Heartland Clinic opened at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.


For the Charg website, click here.


  • Clinic & Offices: 709 E. 12th Ave., Denver, CO 80203, 303-830-8805


  • Drop-In Center: 920 Emerson St., Denver, CO 80218, 303-830-2130

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