Building Hope is a multi-faceted community initiative creating solutions to a wide array of challenges in Summit County’s mental health care system. Our effort includes support from over 25 local agencies and hundreds of local residents. 

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Faces of Hope

  • Sam Higby

    In the summer of 2016, Breckenridge local and climber Sam Higby completed the demanding and spectacular Evolution Traverse. A high alpine, continuous ridge traverse that links numerous peaks along the Evolution Basin in the heart of California's Sierra Nevada.

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  • Marilyn Hogan

    Marilyn Hogan is a dynamic, beautiful, and accomplished professional. She served as the president and CEO of the Colorado Broadcasters Association for over a decade and has spent years on the boards of countless Colorado nonprofit organizations...

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  • Betty Claybrook

    For Betty Claybrook, solace comes in the form of an exuberant, 70-pound goldendoodle named Zachary. He accompanies her on hikes, happily chasing sticks, snuffling in the snow and nosing around in fields of corn husk lilies.

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  • Cary & Marsha Cooper

    For Cary and Marsha Cooper, healing from the loss of their son, Glenn, has meant focusing on the exuberant and vital life he lived instead of the way in which he died at age 44. 

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  • Emily Steingart

    Emily Steingart appears to be living an idyllic mountain-town life. In between juggling several side gigs in marketing and communications, she’s busy co-launching a new yoga retreat business called GOYO Adventures. 

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"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope."

- Martin Luther King Jr.



"No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible"

- George Chakiris


"I have always believed that hope is the stubborn thing inside of us that insists that despite all evidence to the contrary, something better awaits us"

- Barack Obama


" Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all."

- Emily Dickinson

"When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen, there will be something solid for you to stand upon, or you will be given wings to fly."

- Patrick Overton


"The biggest lie to buy into is to think that you’re alone... You’re not. Hope is always closer than you know. You’re more loved than you feel. And you’re stronger than you realize."

- Bethany Morris


"Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting and communicating that incredibly healing message of "you’re not alone".

- Unknown



"Small acts, when multiplied by millons of people, can transform the world."

- Howard Zinn



"Ah, kindness, what a simple way to tell another struggling soul that there is love to be found in this world."

- Anonymous

"I realized that there are a lot of other people out there who can relate to what I’ve been though. So I’ve become more comfortable with sharing some of my story and letting people know that I have been through hardship too."

- Emily Steingart (Faces of Hope)


"I struggle, but I continue to choose the high road. When I share I feel a little bit lighter because I’m being honest with myself."

- Emily Steingart (Faces of Hope)

"Life is fragile and I now know it is also unpredictable. Glenn’s death has underscored a core belief of mine that we are able to overcome most all of what life throws in our paths by acknowledging it, accepting it, feeling it and knowing that we will, with time, feel the warmth of the sun and another beautiful day."

- Marsha Cooper (Faces of Hope)

"I think the point of ‘normalizing’ it (mental health) is that many many others feel that shadow so we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it. It doesn’t mean that myself or anyone else suffering has done something wrong. It just is."

- Sam Higby (Faces of Hope)


"Nothing missed and no regrets. Live on in peace, health and happiness. Look for meaning where you can and cherish the mystery when you can’t."

- Same Higby (Faces of Hope)

"I have come to terms with the diagnosis and don’t let it affect my self-worth. Its not any different than any other illness that can cause a chemical imbalance such as high blood pressure or diabetes. When it’s our brain, it's just a little harder to understand."

- Marilyn Hogan (Faces of Hope)

"You might feel that nobody can understand what you’re going through, and I believe you are right. Nobody else can really understand what you’re thinking or why you’re feeling a certain way. But I think its important to know that you are loved."

- Marilyn Hogan (Faces of Hope)


"There is help out there – you just need to ask for help first and truly seek and accept the help that is offered, even if you don’t really understand how you are going to get better. But have the faith that you will."

- Marilyn Hogan (Faces of Hope)


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